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The World’s Most Powerful Women: June 22

The long-awaited Brexit vote is tomorrow. With polls showing the outcome of the vote on whether Britain should leave the EU is still too close to call, Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Guardian that the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox will have an impact. But, she added, “it’s too early to say” whether the killing of Cox, who would have turned 42 today, will sway voters to decide to stay in the EU. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron told the Financial Times a vote to remain would lead to a flood of investment into Britain.

Interestingly, if Britain votes to leave, Sturgeon also said Scotland would reserve the right to hold another referendum, as it did in 2014, on whether it should become independent. Such circumstances would not be her first choice, however. “I want Scotland to be independent, but I wouldn’t choose to have it happen because England votes to come out of the EU,” she told the Guardian. Separately, if Scotland votes to leave the U.K., Sturgeon said she would consider the possibility of using the euro.

No matter what the outcome of the vote, Sturgeon said she hoped the intense anti-immigrant rhetoric leading up to the Brexit decision would change the tone of the dialogue and make people “think twice” before writing a tweet that “hurls personal abuse.” She said that while politicians “can’t control the tone” of the debate on social media, they can “lead by example.” It’s a worthwhile goal.

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Hiring vloggers
L’Oreal has found a way to combat ad-blocking software: video bloggers. EnjoyPhoenix, a young female French vlogger whose YouTube channel has 2.4 million subscribers, has become an effective online influencer for the cosmetics group.
Financial Times


Making sweets in Tripoli
Meet Libyan entrepreneur Amal Delawi. A Tripoli-based working mom, Delawi bounced back from her cancer treatment by starting a confectionary business called Tamara that features dark chocolate-covered dates infused with Nutella.
Fast Company


Questioning Dos Santos
The new position of Isabel dos Santos, known as Africa’s richest woman, has been called into question. Rafael Marques, a human rights activist in Angola, wants the attorney general to remove Dos Santos as head of state energy firm Sonangol because she was appointed to the job by her father, the country’s president.


The power of Trump’s kids
The adult children of Donald Trump, including daughter Ivanka, are having an increasing influence on the Republican presidential candidate. Along with Ivanka, Trump’s sons Eric and Donald, Jr., urged the candidate to fire campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Wall Street Journal


Sheryl looks to China
Sheryl Sandberg is eyeing China. The Facebook exec, who visited the Middle Kingdom last week, told the social network’s annual shareholder meeting that it is “studying” the market, adding, “we’ll see what happens.”
Wall Street Journal


Hillary’s choice
Who will she pick? Hillary Clinton is of course facing the decision of choosing a running mate. This piece has a run-down of potential candidates, including: Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Financial Times


Cyberbullying a WNBA center
This is appalling. WNBA’s Brittney Griner, who has said she was teased as a girl because of her size, was cyberbullied on Father’s Day. She responded by tweeting, “Everybody pls chill.”
Washington Post


Expanding luxury
Chinese designer Jiang Qiong Er started luxury brand Shang Xia with Hermes eight years ago. The boutiques, which display clothing and jewelry as a small art gallery would, can be found in Shanghai, Beijing, and Paris.
Financial Times


Fed’s Janet Yellen hints U.S. in no rush to hike rates

How an editor who lost her job twice bounced back

Michelle Obama launches Snapchat account

A fifth of tech firms in the U.K. are run by women
London School of Business & Finance

What critics say about Oprah’s new TV role

How Milk Bar’s owner won over her future mentor



Social media is like a baby screaming and throwing tantrums… which is then soothed by a picture of a cat.
—Caitlin Moran, author and columnist at The Times