Good morning, Broadsheet readers! President Obama gets blunt about women’s rights at the UN, liberal feminists aren’t sure what to think about Carly Fiorina, and Hillary Clinton talks pumpkin spice lattes (and, oh yeah, policy). Have a fabulous Tuesday.
• Preach, Mr. President! “One of the best indicators of whether a country will succeed is how it treats its women,” President Obama told world leaders gathered for the UN General Assembly. “We understand that there is a long tradition in every society of discriminating against women. But that’s not an excuse,” he said in a blunt address. New York Times
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Remembering Rainwater. Former banker Darla Moore, who was the subject of a 1997 Fortune cover story titled “The Toughest Babe in Business,” talked exclusively with Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers and Peter Elkind about her husband, billionaire investor Richard Rainwater, who died on Sunday at age 71. Rainwater, a self-made billionaire whose investment prowess inspired some of today’s most renowned hedge fund and private equity players, fought a six-year battle with a rare and devastating brain disease called progressive supranuclear palsy. Fortune
• Defending Carly. Bill Rohrbach, an executive who worked with Carly Fiorina at AT&T and Lucent, takes on critics who have attacked her business track record. “When Fiorina put her mind to something, she accomplished it,” he says about the GOP candidate. Fortune
• Feminists & Fiorina. Speaking of Fiorina, it seems that her presidential campaign is stirring up mixed feelings among liberal feminists, many of whom support her strong response to Donald Trump’s sexist attacks—but vehemently disagree with her on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood. New York Times
• VC to GOV. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo talks to Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers about her pre-politics career as a venture capitalist and how her investing background helped her reform the Ocean State’s seriously underfunded pension system. Fortune
• Lena’s letter. LennyLetter, the new feminist culture and politics newsletter from Lena Dunham and her Girls partner Jenni Konner, launches today. LennyLetter
• Hillary’s social life. In response to her tweet criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s record on human rights, a state-run paper in China published an editorial comparing Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of resorting to “ignominious shenanigans” to make a splash in the polls. In more Clinton news, HRC hosted a live Q&A on her Facebook page, talking about frothy fare like her affection for Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, as well as actual issues like a proposal to curb pharma price-gouging.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Hutham S. Olayan, a senior executive at Saudi Arabian conglomerate The Olayan Group, has become IBM’s fourth female board member. Liz Heron, a veteran journalist and social media editor who was most recently Facebook’s head of news partnerships, is now the executive editor of The Huffington Post.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Photographic evidence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both visited with American business leaders recently—and took time to snap a photo with American CEOs. Fortune‘s Michal Lev-Ram notes that these images, with their rows of men in suits, are a vivid reminder of the gender divide that persists in the upper reaches of the business world. Fortune
• Investing in women. Sallie Krawcheck, chair of women’s professional women’s network Ellevate, landed $10 million for a new women-focused investment platform. Details are scant, but investors include such finance-world heavyweights as MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga and Allianz economic advisor Mohamed El-Erian. Fortune
• Biotech needs broads. Rosana Kapeller, chief scientific officer of Nimbus Therapeutics, writes about the paucity of women in biotech. Looking at 31 small biotech companies, she found that women held 8% of board seats, made up 10% of CEOs and accounted for 26% of leadership positions. Life Sci VC
• Ladies and late-night. New York Magazine asked 37 female comedians whether they would want to host a late-night show, and if so, what the show would be like. Their answers may surprise you. New York Magazine
• Gap goes for 1 million. Gap Inc. is extending its life-skills education program, which teaches communication, financial literacy and other skills to garment workers employed by its vendors’ international factories. The retailer aims to reach one million women by 2020. Fortune
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