The Broadsheet: November 9th

November 9, 2015, 12:00 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. Bond girls were the talk of the town, a historic election took place in Myanmar, and Salesforce is doing something about the pay gap. Have a great Monday.


Spectre's old-school sexism. The Bond franchise has always been misogynistic and—spoiler alert—the latest installment is no different. If you saw Spectre this weekend (not unlikely, as it was the second-best opening for a Bond movie ever), you may have noticed that the movie's female characters are used only for information, instructions, or ransom. Even Daniel Craig admits that his character is terrible to women.  Time


Behind every great Bond... Believe it or not, behind the scenes of every Bond movie, there's a woman calling the shots. New York Times

Myanmar makes herstory. After half a century of military rule, the citizens of Myanmar went to the polls yesterday. Although the final results won't be known for days, the opposition party, NLD, is claiming victory. The party is led by Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi, but she will not technically be Myanmar's next president (the constitution prevents those with foreign spouses from leadership; Suu Kyi's husband was British). However, she has said that if the NLD wins, she would still run the government.

Salesforce walks the walk. Mark Benioff, CEO of cloud software giant Salesforce, revealed at the Fortune Global Forum that his company has spent $3 million this year to bring the salaries of female employees up to the levels of their male counterparts.  Fortune

Winning women's wallets. WorthFM and Ellevest are two new online wealth management companies targeting women. While there are robo-advisers already on the market (Betterment and Wealthfront are category leaders), the new services promise to tackle women's unique challenges, such as lower income and increased likelihood of taking breaks from work.  New York Times

Canada's First Mother. Margaret Trudeau, the mother of new Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, is no stranger to the spotlight. Canada's glamorous First Lady in the 70s and 80s was condemned for abandoning her children to pursue a photography career, and later revealed that she battled bipolar disorder. Today she is a mental-health advocate.  New York Times


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here's some of the best of what we heard last week.

Grow outside the Valley. Instead of starting a company in Silicon Valley, the better move is to bootstrap a startup in another location, then go west once it has a solid foundation to grow, says Allison Berliner, founder and CEO of mobile shopping app Cataluv. Fortune

Don't punish non-parents. It's time that workplaces stop thinking that work-life balance for people without children is less important than for parents, says Laura Carroll, a communications executive who has written two books on the topic.   Fortune

It pays to be nice. Being kind to employees and colleagues—especially during layoffs and other difficult transitions—is one of the most valuable things you can do for your career, says Erin “Mack” McKelvey, CEO of marketing firm SalientMG.  Fortune


Lesser billionaire. Christy Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, is worth about $5 billion—not $32 billion as previously thought.  Fortune

Add this to the list. "Emotional management" is yet another responsibility—like housework and child care—that is weighing down women.  The Guardian

A glass of the Ningxia? Emma Gao is already considered the best winemaker in China. Now she's putting the country's first wine region, Ningxia, into the global conversation with areas like France's Bordeaux region and California's Napa Valley.  New York Times

Ada across the pond. Ada's List, a U.K.-based network of women in tech, is making moves to expand into the U.S. The network provides a place for women to ask for advice, network, post jobs, find a mentor or just share interesting articles. Fortune

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Here’s what happens when you put more women in government Time

Zoe Quinn’s Gamergate memoir movie rights sold  Re/code

Japan’s G7 city abandons ‘sexist’ manga character as official mascot  WSJ

October was a great month for women's jobs  Fortune


Now, I might be wrong, but I don’t think they put the same question to male actors, do they?

Cate Blanchett, on being asked about how she is able to juggle her roles as an actor and parent.