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The World’s Most Powerful Women: June 13

Starting tonight and tomorrow, Fortune will be holding our annual Most Powerful Women International Summit in London.

On the agenda are a number of white-hot issues, including Brexit, the biggest story in Britain at the moment that comes to a vote on June 23; whether the City of London is a boy’s club; how to keep up with social media; Europe’s innovative entrepreneurship; and forging new paths in the Middle East.

A few of the big names who will be in attendance include: Uber regional GM Jo Bertram, London Stock Exchange group director Baroness Sharon Bowles, Startup Delta special envoy Neelie Kroes, and Facebook EMEA VP Nicola Mendelsohn. You can find news on Twitter with the handle @FortuneMPW and the hashtag #FortuneMPW.

I will be there, too, so WMPW can bring you the latest on what’s said by those at the meeting.

Finally, our thoughts are with the people of Orlando today.

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

Merkel says stay
Angela Merkel waded into the “Brexit” debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union. The German chancellor said Britain voting to stay in the EU on June 23 would be “the best and most desirable thing for us all.”
CBS News

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Expecting less
Women have a lower expectation of what a “successful” salary is, according to a new report. A survey of U.K. workers shows that women define such a salary as 4,000 pounds (about $5,700) lower than men.
Independent

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Amal and Nadia
Human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney is going to represent Yazidi women who were enslaved by ISIS, including the survivor Nadia Mura, the Nobel Prize nominee.
Time

ASIA-PACIFIC



A sad state in Japan
I read a lot about how difficult it is to be a working woman in Japan. This piece provides a good (but depressing) run down, including the fact that Japan has the world’s lowest percentage of female political representation.
East Asia Forum

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Challenges in South Korea
In South Korea, things are tough for working women, too. The Economist reports that so many women in the country struggle with work-life balance issues, it’s sparked a new TV drama called “Working Mum, House Daddy.”
The Economist

THE AMERICAS


More bad news for Theranos
In another blow for Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of embattled company Theranos, Walgreens formally ended its alliance with her blood-testing firm.
Wall Street Journal

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Hillary Clinton in 1979
A piece in the Financial Times recalls an interview Hillary Clinton gave to local TV in 1979, in which she was inappropriately told by an interviewer that she doesn’t “fit the image” of the wife of the Arkansas governor because she was Eastern-educated, under 40, childless, and a practicing lawyer. Clinton had a quick response, which started with the funny line, “I’m not 40, but that hopefully will be cured by age.”
Financial Times

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A contract with your kids?
Yale Law School professor Amy Chua has a new contract—with her adult daughters. Chua, famous for authoring the controversial book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” drew up the document outlining her house rules after realizing her daughters would be moving into her New York City apartment this summer.
Wall Street Journal

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Jennifer Lawrence to play Elizabeth Holmes
The actress Jennifer Lawrence has agreed to play Elizabeth Holmes in a movie about her embattled blood-testing company, Theranos. Given that the company is still under investigation, I wonder how the movie will end.
Fortune

IN BRIEF

 

African Americans win big at the Tony Awards
Time

Soledad O’Brien speaks up on the gender pay gap
Hollywood Reporter


NYT columnist Maureen Dowd is writing a book on the 2016 presidential election
ABC News


Meg Whitman reportedly compared Donald Trump to fascists
New York Times


How to talk about racism and sexism at work
Fortune


Breastfeeding champion Mary White, founder of La Leche League, dies
Wall Street Journal

PARTING WORDS

Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it.
—Anvitha Vijay, who, at 9 years old, is the youngest attendee at Apple's annual developer conference