Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton may have just made history, the judge in the Stanford sexual assault case is facing a recall, and Ivanka Trump is preparing to hawk another book. Enjoy your Tuesday.
• Weighty words. After tearing through the Internet this weekend, the heartrending letter written by the woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner is continuing to make waves. The Guardian is reporting that Judge Aaron Persky, who gave Turner an absurd six-month sentence, is now facing a recall campaign led by a law professor at the university. Meanwhile, another letter, this one from Turner’s father to the judge, is causing its own justifiable outrage.
I’m the first to admit this story is a bit outside of The Broadsheet‘s usual purview. Yet, I’m struck by the power of Turner’s victim’s words. And clearly many others are too. Yesterday, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield used her hour-long show, Legal View, to read the victim’s letter in full. When so many who have suffered sexual violence have been scared or shamed into silence, it seems worth taking a moment to celebrate this woman and her decision to speak out.
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• Clinton clinches the nom? According to an Associated Press survey of Democratic superdelegates, Hillary Clinton now has enough votes to secure the party’s nomination. Under Democratic rules, superdelegates are allowed to back any candidate they wish and can change their allegiance any time before the Democratic National Convention in July. Bernie Sanders refused to accept the AP results and has vowed to fight on, which he will do during the state primaries taking place today in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. New York Times
• Misogynist merch. Speaking of Clinton, Time‘s Charlotte Alter writes about the incredibly sexist anti-Hillary merch being pedaled on the Internet (think “Hillary will go down faster than Bill’s pants” and “Trump that Bitch” buttons and stickers). The fact that these misogynist tchotchkes are selling like hotcakes illustrates just how overt the sexism in this race has become, writes Alter: “The dogs have eaten the dog-whistle.” Time
• Mommy complex? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at it again. Erdogan, who previously said that women were are mothers “above all else,” used a visit to Turkey’s Women and Democracy Association to declare that women who abstain from bearing children are “lacking, ” adding, “I certainly do not accept the business world becoming an alternative for maternity.” Fortune
• Stay-at-home secrets. A new survey of stay-at-home moms reveals that 22% made the decision to leave the workforce because of the high cost of childcare or because their job was not family-friendly. Fortune
• Isn’t it ironic? Ivanka Trump has announced that she’s writing a second book, titled Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success. The book, which will be published by Penguin Random House, is expected to come out next spring. Is it just me, or does anyone else find it ironic that Trump will cash in on her father’s retrograde presidential run with a book about working women? WSJ
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• An Italian upstart. Virginia Raggi, who is running for mayor of Rome as a member of the populist 5 Star Movement, won 35% of the vote in last weekend’s election, beating out the 25% received by Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti. The two now face a runoff election on June 19. If elected, Raggi would be the Eternal City’s first-ever female mayor. Bloomberg
• Grad school to GOP. Kristen Soltis Anderson explains how she leveraged her graduate thesis about how the GOP could attract millennials to become a popular Republican pollster. Cosmo
• A fund favorite. Susan Hirsch, manager of the $3.6 billion TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth fund, talks about getting her start as a secretary, being one of the few female mutual fund managers, and working to bring more women into the industry. WSJ
• Remember these names. Time‘s new list of “Next Generation Leaders” includes Liberian water activist Saran Kaba Jones, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, and 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi, who is already the world’s best female rock climber. Time
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