Good morning, Broadsheet readers. One of the most powerful women in entertainment issued an apology to President Obama, and a new study finds female entrepreneurs pay themselves less than their male colleagues. Read on to learn about the company working to end sexual assault on college campuses. Have a restful weekend!
• A hacked apology. After getting thousands of emails stolen by hackers, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal apologized for some “insensitive” jokes she made about President Obama. “Should I ask him [Obama] if he liked Django?” Pascal wrote in one email, referring to a Sony movie about slave revenge called Django Unchained. Now, some people in the industry are contending that Pascal may lose her job over the stolen personal messages.“Typically, somebody senior’s head rolls when there is a hacking scandal, and the embarrassing e-mail disclosures just help determine who that is going to be in this case,” Laura Martin, senior media analyst at Needham & Co., told the Los Angeles Times. Reuters
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• Mary Barra slams ‘glass cliff’ talk: GM’s CEO doesn’t care much for the idea of a glass cliff, in which companies allegedly name women to top positions just before a crisis that could bring them down. “It somewhat amuses me because I don’t know if any company is that good that they can select someone knowing that they have a crisis and do that, “Mary Barra said Thursday at the New York Times Dealbook Conference. “Frankly I think it doesn’t respect the work that women have done to get to the roles they have.” Fortune
• J.K. Rowling’s next act. Harry Potter is not involved, but the BBC announced that the author’s Cormoran Strike crime novels will become a television series. Time
• Paid less. New research shows that when female entrepreneurs are building companies, they tend to pay themselves lower salaries than their male counterparts. Researchers found that women are less driven by money then men, and therefore find success in those early years through others metrics like creating social change. Fortune
• An unlikely path. Despite dealing with severe dyslexia as a child, Joanna Weidenmiller is the first person to take a Silicon Valley-based company public on the Australian Stock Exchange. Her recruiting technology company, 1-Page, now has a market cap of over $100 million. Fortune
• Resume update: Karen Rohan was named president of healthcare insurance giant Aetna Inc., after having served as head of the company’s local and regional businesses.
Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses?
When Tammy Wincup first heard about Rolling Stone’s cover story detailing a gruesome gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, it hit close to home. Like thousands of others, Wincup is an alumna of the school. She also was president of her sorority, Chi Omega, when she graduated in 1995. Yet unlike many of her former classmates, Wincup is now devoting a large part of her career to stopping sexual assault on college campuses, including at UVA.
Wincup is the chief operating officer of EverFi, a Washington D.C.-based company that teaches students critical skills that may be left off their formal syllabus. The tech company partners with more than 440 higher-education institutions to bring students online courses that address topics like high-risk drinking, financial wellness and sexual violence. A venture-backed firm with heavyweight backers like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams and Google chairman Eric Schmidt, EverFi reached more than 550,000 students this year through its online sexual assault prevention program, called Haven.
The facts behind Rolling Stone’s infamous story are now in doubt, but Wincup and her team say there is no question that sexual assault is an epidemic plaguing college campuses. The often cited statistic that 1 in 5 women in college have been sexually assaulted is something that EverFi sees reflected in the data coming out of Haven. EverFi is seeing that a minority group — about 25% of students — enter college either have been a victim or perpetrator of sexual assault, or engage in behavior that put them at a high risk of entering one of those two groups. As for the healthy group of students — the other 75% — this group still often doesn’t understand when or how they should intervene to prevent an act of sexual violence to happen in the first place.
“When you get the dream acceptance letter into college, it should not mean that your risk of being sexually assaulted goes up,” says Wincup. “The ability for technology to help deliver great and needed education in this very safe one-on-one environment is really powerful.”
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Women are incredible, and men are scared sh*tless. It’s so true. I won the biological lottery. I would be freaked out if I were a man.1-Page Founder Joanna Weidenmiller tells <em>Fortune's</em> Jennifer Reingold.