The Broadsheet: September 23rd
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! We meet the woman behind the new Star Wars video game, the Pentagon leans in, and Hillary Clinton gets her own set of emoji. Plus: Is there anyone who hasn’t weighed in Carly Fiorina’s record? Have a fabulous Wednesday.
• A different kind of GOP debate. The debate over Carly Fiorina's business track record rages on. The NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin examines the GOP candidate's tenure at Lucent, while Fortune's Stephen Gandel fact-checked her Tonight Show appearance, in which she defended her run as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Current HP CEO Meg Whitman came out in defense of Fiorina, saying she suspects her predecessor was "trying to do what I'm trying to do, which is make this company more competitive." Meanwhile, Fiorina's deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, posted a rebuttal of many claims that have been made against the candidate. Got all that?
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Hillary's health. While Fiorina has been owning the political headlines, Hillary Clinton followed up on her market-moving tweet by releasing a healthcare plan that aims to lower drug prices and reduce tax breaks for the pharma industry. In less wonky news, Clinton is now the star of a new emoji keyboard app, which allows users to send cartoon images of the candidate in her signature pantsuits or hashtags like #ICan'tI'mBusyBreakingGlassCeilings.
• The Pentagon leans in. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter sat in on a Lean In circle at the Pentagon with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Reuters
• Gamer girl. Nine years ago, Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir was working at a retail company in Iceland. Today she is the senior producer of Electronic Arts’ upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, overseeing what may become the year’s biggest video game. Fortune
• Working on it. Working Mother's annual list of the 100 Best Companies is out, honoring employers that support working families with policies like paid parental leave and flexible work arrangements. Working Mother
• Banking on it. In more list news, American Banker has released its ranking of the most powerful women in banking and finance. Beth Mooney, CEO of KeyCorp and No. 48 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list, comes in at the top of the banking heap, while Mary Erdoes, CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management and MPW No. 29, tops the finance list. American Banker
• Taking the longview. Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin and No. 4 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list, writes about leadership and her company's decision to acquire a leading military helicopter maker. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Stacey Allaster, CEO of the WTA Tour, will step down from her post Oct. 2. Linda Boff, General Electric's executive director of global brand marketing, has been promoted to CMO; she'll report to Beth Comstock, GE's former CMO who was recently promoted to vice-chair. Eileen Burbidge, founding Partner at London VC firm Passion Capital, has been appointed Chair of Tech City UK.
Today's Broadview comes to you from Fortune's Michal Lev-Ram.
We should ask female CEOs about motherhood—when it's news.
I too have a uterus. Which is partly why I read, with great interest, Margaret Gould Stewart’s recent essay on whether or not we should be asking female business leaders about motherhood. The other reason I was so curious? I co-chair the tech conference Gould Stewart references as one of two examples of the “many wasted opportunities to learn from women leaders.” (The second example: A female-only panel at last week’s Dreamforce confab hosted by the software company Salesforce.com, which I didn’t attend and therefore won’t address in this article.)
Gould Stewart, a product design director at Facebook, raises many valid points in her piece. But some of the conclusions she draws from one particular session at Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH conference, the event I co-chair, could have been given more context. Gould Stewart’s main argument: That an opening question posed during an interview with Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, minimized her role in the industry because it brought up the fact she had recently given birth to her fifth child. (The inquiry, in a nutshell, was how the longtime Google exec manages running a multi-billion-dollar business and a family with five children.) My take? The question was perfectly appropriate for several reasons.
My co-chairs and I are in the news business—relevance and timeliness are what we strive for, both in stories and on stage. And this question, in my opinion, had a bit of both.
Adam Lashinsky, the Fortune editor and co-chair who interviewed Wojcicki, at the conference, knew that the Google exec had talked openly about her pregnancies and argued for more generous maternity leave policies in the past. She even penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the topic. So the subject of running a company while raising a family was clearly something relevant to who Wojcicki is as a leader—no, not because she is a woman but because she had taken a public stance on the issue before. Also, she had just recently had her fifth child. Again, this was noteworthy not because she is a woman but because it was timely. And, let’s face it, it’s not just that most CEOs don’t have five children, most people don’t have five children.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Ditching the Donald. Donald Trump's derogatory comments about Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly are starting to hurt him with Republican women: Since the second GOP debate, female voters' support for Trump has fallen by 12 percentage points. WSJ
• Hacking the gap. Cybersecurity is a booming field, yet women account for only 11% of the industry's workforce. Shelley Westman, VP of security initiatives at IBM, has some suggestions for how to bring more women into the business of securing the world's data. Fortune
• Phoning it in. This "iPhone Gender Pay Gap index" shows the number of extra hours that women in various professions must work in order to earn the money required to buy the same product—an iPhone—as their male counterparts. Bloomberg
• Bad blood. Financial management firm Flynn Family Office is being sued by a former employee who claims he was fired for objecting to sexist and racist comments about female employees and high-profile clients like Rihanna. New York Post
• Style and Grace. Musician and style icon Grace Jones has a new autobiography coming out next week. The title? I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, a lyric from one her songs. New York Times
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