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The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 6

Good morning, WMPW readers! A German energy exec makes a comeback, women are underrepresented on U.K. tech company boards, and, if she gets the chance, Melania Trump is expected to be a traditional FLOTUS. Want to share some news about a powerful woman? Get in touch, at: or @laurascohn. Enjoy your weekend!


German widow makes corporate comeback

When German exec Regine Stachelhaus left her HR job at the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility in 2013 to take care of her ill husband, industry observers thought they’d heard the last of her. But Stachelhaus, who was the third woman to make the top ranks of a DAX 30 firm, is back in the fray. She sits on boards of four public companies, a university, and a foundation. In Germany, women hold fewer than 20% of such seats. Stachelhaus says women have a tough time in her country. “When they succeed, other executives ask, ‘Who helped them?'” she says. “When they fail, they say, ‘We expected that.'” She’s shown them.Fortune


Truant in tech
While women have made it onto the boards at FTSE 100 companies, they’re underrepresented in the U.K.’s tech industry. In London, only one in four tech firms has a woman on its board.


Failing to be flexible
Amanda Fone, chief executive of F1 Recruitment, says to thrive, U.K. companies need to be more imaginative and do a better job of offering flexible working conditions. To prove her point, she cites an analysis of help-wanted ads in the Guardian showing that just 147 of roughly 12,500 jobs were part-time positions.
PR Week

Wishing women would run
Female lawmakers at a meeting in Jordan highlighted the wide gender gap in global politics, noting that 80% of lawmakers and 95% of world leaders are men. To close the chasm, they urged more women to run for office and pressed for gender-equality laws.


Segregation of the sexes
In Australia, Perth has pink female-only parking, and the government has raised the idea of women-only cars in its public transport system. Such measures, in practice in certain parts of Europe, are an attempt to make women feel safer. But what do you think of such policies? Tell me your view.


Back to bricks
Falguni Nayar, CEO of online beauty retailer Nykaa, is looking to expand by launching 30 brick and mortar stores. Nayar, a former investment banker, will keep her website to tap the massive growth in India’s online market.
Business Standard


Interviewing Hillary’s aides
Aides of Hillary Clinton, including Huma Abedin, have been interviewed by the FBI regarding the use of a private email server to manage official State Department business. The probe is focusing on whether Clinton’s use of such a server put classified data at risk.
Wall Street Journal


Girl power in the U.S. Senate
Come November, nine states will have female Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate on their ballots. That’s nearly a record.


A traditional FLOTUS?
Melania Trump would likely be a traditional first lady if her husband wins the U.S. election. Here’s why.


Franchising estate sales
Simone Kelly, founder of Grasons Company Estate Sale Services, hopes to build up her business with a nationwide franchise. Kelly, who had 11 franchises last year, predicts she will have 300 in the next four years. That would allow revenue, an estimated $920,000 this year, to surpass $9.8 million in 2020, she says.
New York Times


Veteran political pundit Mary Matalin exits Republican party
New York Times

Is Katie Couric leaving Yahoo News?

Softball pitcher Monica Abbott signs historic $1m contract

Australian actress Margot Robbie of “Wolf of Wall Street” fame inks Calvin Klein deal
Sydney Morning Herald

Vermont tops the list of best U.S. states for working mothers

The number of women in the music production biz is puny
Huffington Post


To have not given this a go was to mean we were content to stand on the pavement and watch the decline of British national newspapers hurtle past us. But we weren’t. And we still aren’t.
—Alison Phillips, editor of London's paper-only newspaper, the New Day, which will publish its last issue today