Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Serena Williams comes to the defense of her fellow players, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren get on the same page, and you share your feedback on Donald Trump calling Megyn Kelly “crazy.” Finally, our thoughts are with the people of Brussels today.
• Is it November yet? Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren may not always be on the same page, but they do appear to agree on one topic: Donald Trump. Yesterday, Clinton called Trump out for flip-flopping on his support of Israel, while Warren called Trump a racist, sexist “loser.” Meanwhile, anti-Trump Super PAC Make America Awesome proved that the Donald isn’t the only misogynist out there: The group—led by a woman—is trying to dissuade Mormons from voting for the real estate tycoon by running an ad shaming his wife, Melania, for posing nude. Is it just me, or is the 2016 race shaping up to be the most sexist presidential campaign ever?
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Erin’s evolution. On the heels of Pattie Sellers’ fascinating review of the juicy new memoir from former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Callan, we take a look at Callan’s transformation from Wall Street power broker to Florida mom. Fortune
• A bad call. Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore’s allegation that female tennis players “ride on coattails of the men” hit the tennis world like a bombshell yesterday, prompting his resignation last night. While Serena Williams called his statements “mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate,” Novak Djokovic took the opposite view, saying he believes there is data to support the notion that men bring in more fans. It’s distressing to see the value of female athletes under attack—especially in tennis, the rare sport that offers men and women equal prize money. Fortune
• Mad women speak. This pair of AdAge stories look at how the ad industry has been rocked by the lawsuit claiming that former J. Walter Thompson Co.’s CEO Gustavo Martinez routinely made racist and sexist remarks. The first article asserts that the scandal has ignited a “heated discussion over whether women and minorities have actually advanced since the bleak Mad Men days, while the second shares the horrific first-person stories of women who’ve worked in the industry.
• A clear problem. Just how persistent is the gender pay gap? Even companies that practice “salary transparency”—making all employees’ salaries publicly available—may end up paying men more than women. Huffington Post
• Good graces. Congratulations to Fortune‘s own Susie Gharib, who received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for her “From the Corner Office” series on Fortune.com. Other Gracie winners include Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tina Fey. Alliance for Women in Media
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Tamara Ingram, currently chief client team officer at WPP, has been appointed CEO of J. Walter Thompson Co. She replaces Gustavo Martinez, who resigned in the wake of a discrimination lawsuit accusing him of sexist and racist behavior. Dodai Stewart, formerly deputy editor for Jezebel, has been named executive editor of Fusion. Longtime educator Betty Rosa will become chancellor of the New York Board of Regents.
Call me crazy, but…
In the latest salvo in his ongoing war against Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump has repeatedly used the word “crazy” to describe the Fox News anchor. For many women—particularly those who already are fed up with Trump’s sexist, demeaning rhetoric— that particular term is enough to drive a person, well, crazy.
To my ear, calling a woman crazy is a convenient way to suggest that men are sane and logical, while women are emotional and even hysterical. It is also a great strategy for dismissing an argument or a speaker—in other words, why should Trump have to answer Kelly’s often very pointed questions when she is clearly unstable?
Last week, I asked you, loyal Broadsheet readers, to weigh in. Are you also bothered by Trump’s use of “crazy?” If so, why? Here’s a sampling of what you had to say:
“‘Crazy’ is an age-old way to undercut women. It’s classic Trump—I can’t rebut with data and facts so I will just lodge a character attack rooted in age-old biases. Some people (of either gender) may behave crazily, but from what I have seen, Megyn Kelly has been the epitome of equipoise throughout this saga.” —Mary Egan
“As a business woman, I have heard ‘crazy’ and other dismissive terms used by individuals to shut down ideas and conversation that threaten their position. It’s a tactic used by bullies to change focus and deflect attention from their own shortcomings; it also diminishes the opposition. Sadly, it can work. Onlookers fear that they’ll be next if they push back or don’t fall in line, and they’re right. Bullies count on weakness and compliance to pump up their power and dominance. It’s more than discouraging to see this on the political stage, it’s exhausting. Can we all just grow up and put the bullies in their place? We teach our kids about bullies, time to practice what we preach.” —Cheryl Lubin
“I would add this offense to a growing list of others, such as women comedians who ‘try too hard,’ women executives who are ‘too aggressive’, women—especially young women—in corporate environments who are ‘too nice,’ women professionals who spend ‘too much time on their career’ and not enough time on kids, finding a spouse, etc… you fill in the blank. —Lisa Magnuson
To read more responses, click here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• You get a show! And you get a show! Coming soon to a small screen near you: Oprah. That’s right, the former Daytime Queen is returning to TV as the star of Greenleaf, a church drama series that will air on her OWN network. Fortune
• Downer of an update. An update to McKinsey and LeanIn.Org’s report on the status of women in tech confirms what we already knew: Women are underrepresented at all levels of technology companies. WSJ
• PayPal for patients. As a driving force behind e-commerce game changers PayPal and Google Wallet, Stephanie Tilenius helped transform the way we shop. Now, with Vida Health, an app that pairs people with wellness coaches, she’s trying to disrupt the way we manage our health. Fortune
• See ya, Theranos. It appears that the Clinton campaign has had a change of heart about having a fundraising event at the headquarters of Theranos, the blood-testing company led by CEO Elizabeth Holmes. The event was relocated to a private home in Palo Alto. Fortune
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ON MY RADAR
Former war correspondent Kelly McEvers: I didn’t want to come home Motto
NYC bill to call for free tampons New York Times
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi nominated for cabinet post in new government Bloomberg
NFL executives discuss implementation of ‘Rooney Rule’ for women Sports Illustrated
When I was growing up, there was this idea that you had to be either smart or pretty, that you had to choose between looking good or being intelligent. But I feel like now you have women like Michelle Obama who are just throwing those ideas out the window, and Marissa Mayer, who are like, 'No, I’m going to be fashion-forward and fierce.'Actress Kerry Washington