Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Meg Whitman is switching teams, emojis get a women-friendly makeover, and Eric Trump claims Ivanka is too powerful to be sexually harassed. Enjoy your Wednesday.
• The blame game. In a USA Today interview, Donald Trump said that he’d like to think that his daughter Ivanka would “find another career or find another company” if she were sexually harassed at work. Ivanka’s brother Eric doubled down on his dad’s statement, telling CBS This Morning that his sister “is a strong, powerful woman” who “wouldn’t allow herself” to be harassed. Ivanka herself did not comment on what her father or brother have said, simply saying in an emailed statement to the New York Times that harassment, “sexual or otherwise, is inexcusable.”
I’m not even sure where to start with the Trump men’s comments. This is a textbook case of victim blaming, with the pair putting the entire onus of stopping sexual harassment on women. It’s women who must abandon their livelihood if they are being harassed. It’s women who must be strong. It’s women who must harness some superhuman power that will allow them to control the behavior of everyone around them—including their bosses. And, as Money‘s Kerry Close points out, it’s not just sexism that’s at work here. The idea that someone can walk away from a bad work situation whenever she wants to is also incredibly privileged. While Ivanka—who once appeared in a documentary called Born Rich—might be able to do just that, how many of us can say the same?
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• Ditching Donald. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman—a dedicated Republican who was chairwoman of Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential finance team—says she will support Hillary Clinton for president and give a “substantial” contribution to her campaign in order to stop Trump, whom she calls a “dishonest demagogue.” Whitman, who is No. 7 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, made the announcement Tuesday—the same day that longtime Christie aide Maria Comella said she also plans to vote for Clinton, saying Trump is “drumming up fear and hatred of the ‘other.'” Their endorsements come a day after top Jeb Bush aide Sally Bradshaw revealed that she now backs, yes, Clinton. Just me, or is there a trend here?
• Paths to power. Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts, who was put on leave after commenting in an interview that the debate about gender equality is “over,” is resigning from his post, effective Sept 1. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman weighs in Roberts’ comments that the company has struggled to put women in top jobs because they lack “vertical ambition,” noting that while Roberts’ remarks were crude, there’s something to the idea—which both Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers have previously put forward—that women often seek power in a different, more horizontal way than their male counterparts do. Fortune
• Dacey’s out. Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey is among the latest top party officials to resign in the wake of the email hack that embarrassed the party by revealing that the DNC favored Clinton in the primary race against Bernie Sanders. ABC News
• A bloodletting. Fortune‘s Leena Rao reports that Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of embattled blood-testing company Theranos, has stepped down as one of the Obama administration’s Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. Fortune
• Flagging this. Time’s Sean Gregory argues that the U.S. should pick Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim-American fencer who will be the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab, to be the country’s Olympic flag bearer in Rio. Gregory says choosing Muhammad would a “rebuttal to the storms brewing beyond the Olympic Village, not merely an escape.” Time
• I heart this. Apple announced that it will release a new set of diverse emojis when it rolls out iOS 10 this fall. The new icons will include women and people of color in a range of professions and playing sports—while men will finally get their own “haircut” and “massage” emojis. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Dow Chemical Co. named Melanie Kalmar, a 29-year veteran at the company, its new chief information officer.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• The final finals clubs? This story provides a peek inside Harvard’s six remaining all-male social clubs, asking whether these selective, secretive groups—as well as their women-only equivalents—belong on an increasingly diverse campus. New York Times
• Gender(ed) Gap. The Gap is under fire for a new ad campaign depicting an image of a boy, labeled “the little scholar,” wearing a t-shirt with Albert Einstein’s face. Next to him, an image of a girls’ t-shirt, captioned “the social butterfly.” Fortune
• Big money broads. Women are slowly, but surely, breaking into the top ranks of political donors. So far, 37 women rank among the top 150 donors to super PACs this cycle, contributing nearly $63 million through the end of June. Washington Post
• Church ladies. Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, raising hopes that women could soon have a far greater say in the Roman Catholic Church. Reuters
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