Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women convene in Washington, Hillary goes her own way, and a certain Vatican resident comes out in favor of equal pay. Have a great Thursday.
• The pontiff pontificates. Pope Francis has come out in favor of equal pay, calling gender-based income disparities “pure scandal.” Preach, Holy Father! Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Marissa loves EDM? Yahoo is making a major push into video, with plans to launch 18 new shows. Roster highlights: A live news program featuring Katie Couric and a reality DJ competition from Simon Cowell, producer of American Idol. Apparently, Marissa Mayer is a fan of electronic dance music and jumped at the chance to greenlight Cowell’s show. Who knew?
• The richest split ever. Natalya Potanina, ex-wife of oligarch Vladimir Potanin, has filed suit in Moscow seeking half of Potanin’s estimated $15 billion fortune. If she succeeds, she’ll become the richest divorcée in history. Fortune
• Hillary goes her own way. In a rejection of some of the tough-on-crime policies instituted during her husband’s administration, Hillary Clinton is calling for criminal justice reform and an end to “the era of mass incarceration.” She wants every police department to use body cameras and calls for renewed trust between police officers and communities. Time
• A Baltimore brawl? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has drawn criticism over how she handled Baltimore’s riots, but she defends her actions in TIME, saying: “I’m comfortable with how we’ve responded in very, very challenging times.” Time
• A charged issue. Rawlings-Blake isn’t the only woman under pressure in Baltimore. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will soon face a momentous decision: whether to pursue criminal charges against any Baltimore police officers in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray. WSJ
• A tech advocate. Megan Smith, former Google executive and current CTO for the United States, went on Charlie Rose to talk about why the administration needs to focus on technology (remember Healthcare.gov?), the importance of improving STEM–science, technology, engineering and math–education, and why it’s so important to get more young women into tech professions. Watch a clip here.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Wealthfront has hired Kate Aronowitz, former design director at Facebook, as its first VP of design. Heather King, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C., is moving to Silicon Valley to join Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes’ healthcare startup, as general counsel. (You’re hearing it here first.)
U.S. Treasurer wants this woman on the currency
Does the Treasurer of the United States think that a woman’s face will soon grace U.S. currency?
On Wednesday at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women “Evening With…” dinner in Washington, D.C., U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios spoke about the outlook for equal play, gender-wise, on U.S. money.
Rios explained to Fortune senior Washington editor Nina Easton that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew—whose signature appears along with Rios’ on the bills in your wallet—is in charge of currency design. But she added, “What I can say is…We’re engaging in a collaborative process to move the discussion forward.”
And if that discussion advances enough to get a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, who would Rios choose? “I would put my mom on if I could—in a heartbeat,” she replied.
That was a fitting answer for the audience of 160 American women leaders and 19 international women leaders who are this year’s participants in the annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.
Read the rest of my story here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• A network makes news. Matthew Luke sued cable network Al Jazeera America, claiming that he was fired after complaining to HR about his boss, Osman Mahmud. Luke says Mahmud told him to exclude female employees from projects and meetings. Meanwhile, the network announced the resignations of HR VP Diana Lee and communications VP Dawn Bridges (who previously headed PR at Fortune’s parent, Time Inc.). New York Times
• He married well. Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and his wife, Danae, were attacked by a group of anarchists while they were dining in Athens this week. The assailants made threats and threw objects, but before they could reach the couple, says Varoufakis: “Danae rose and wrapped her arms around me, turning her back to them so that they would have to hit her before they got to me.” Talk about a protective spouse! Bloomberg
• Patrick goes solo. Web hosting company GoDaddy has announced that it will not sponsor NASCAR driver Danica Patrick’s car next season. This comes at an awkward time for Patrick, who is seeking a new contract with Stewart-Haas Racing. Yahoo Sports
• Small woman, huge inspiration. Lizzie Velasquez, who has Marfan syndrome and has never weighed more than 64 pounds, became an anti-bullying advocate after discovering a YouTube video that ridiculed her appearance. Since then, Velasquez has given a TED talk, lobbied lawmakers to pass a bill requiring schools to safeguard against harassment and bullying, and inspired a documentary about her life. LA Times
• Meredith accepts no excuses. While appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, actress and Fox News host Stacey Dash said she considers the wage gap to be “an excuse.” Vieira challenged Dash on her comment and the two had a, let’s just say, spirited debate. Jezebel
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