Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Employers are struggling to get inside the heads of young women, Chelsea Handler spills some details on her new Netflix show, and I dare any of you to tell me to smile. Have a wonderful Thursday.
• Makes the world go ’round. As employers focus on wooing and retaining millennials, there’s been increasing attention paid to (rather flimsy) evidence suggesting that young women are more likely to burn out and leave their jobs than their male counterparts, as well as to the overblown notion that twenty- and early thirty-somethings are dropping out to have children. But a study finds that the No. 1 reason young women give for quitting is more straightforward—and identical to a top response of young men: They found a better salary elsewhere. Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Next level trolling. Businessweek writer Dune Lawrence shares her bizarre and horrifying story of being publicly smeared by Benjamin Wey, a financier who the U.S. government has charged with securities fraud and other financial crimes. Bloomberg
• More Megyn. Megyn Kelly covers the final issue of More, which is shutting down after nearly 20 years. In the accompanying profile, Kelly discusses Dr. Phil, Margaret Thatcher, and, yes, Donald Trump. More
• Web celebs. Time‘s new list of the 30 most influential people on the Internet includes plus-size model Tess Holliday, designer and lifestyle blogger Joy Chen, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling and a host of other fascinating women. Time
• No, FLOTUS! Speaking on a South by Southwest panel moderated by Queen Latifah, Michelle Obama insisted that she will not run for president, explaining that she doesn’t want to put her daughters through the experience again. Fortune
• Catching up with Chelsea. Check out Handler’s handwritten “press release” spilling some of the details about her upcoming Netflix show. One interesting tidbit: Her top 3 ideal guests are Michelle Obama, the Pope and “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s maid.” New York Times
Don’t tell her to smile.
Every woman who has ever been told to “Smile!” by some stranger on the street cringed on Tuesday night when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted the following message to Hillary Clinton about her four Super Tuesday primary victories: “Smile. You just had a big night. #PrimaryDay.”
At this point, we are used to hearing Clinton criticized for her voice, which—depending on who you ask—is either too loud, too angry, too flat, or too shrill. And while Tuesday night was no different, there was something about Scarborough’s comment that grated in a unique and visceral way.
What is it about being told to smile? There’s the idea that smiling makes women look “prettier,” and the implication that appearing attractive to men is one of our responsibilities. Then there’s the condescension of being told the correct way to feel. (You should always be happy!) Of course, a smile also makes you look friendlier—or perhaps I should say, more docile. It’s a way of neutralizing a woman who might otherwise be read as a potentially threatening presence.
Whatever it is, Twitter users felt it and were quick to react to Scarborough’s directive.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• The pilot whisperer. Meet Leslie Shook, the woman who voices the greetings and warnings heard by pilots of every single Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. Bloomberg
• #TBT with Melinda. For your Throwback Thursday reading pleasure: Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers’ 2008 Melinda Gates feature—the first solo profile that Gates ever agreed to do. Fortune
• D.C. power players. Who made Elle‘s list of the Most Compelling Women in Washington? U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—to name just a few. Elle
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ON MY RADAR
Royal Brunei Airlines lands the first all-female flight deck crew in Saudi Arabia The Independent
Lessons from a 67-year-old model Harper's Bazaar
How two women are taking on the powerful meat industry Fortune
Hillary & Women by Zoë Heller The New York Review of Books
Too often I've been the only woman on a panel. It is time that we challenge the status quo and stop making excuses—there is no shortage of qualified women.Lise Kingo, executive director of the U.N. Global Compact, announcing that the organization's employees will no longer participate in or host all-male panels.