The Broadsheet: August 5th

August 5, 2016, 11:41 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Booksellers can’t wait for Megyn Kelly’s memoir, Melania Trump vows that she was a model immigrant, First Daughters—they’re just like us! Enjoy your weekend.


 From books to business. Here's an unexpected outcome of Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment allegations against ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes: Booksellers are getting even more excited about Fox star Megyn Kelly's forthcoming memoir. While anticipation of the juicy details of her feud with Trump already helped justify a $6 million advance, attention is now shifting to possible revelations about to her former boss.

Meanwhile, we at Fortune are still parsing what Ailes's alleged acts say about Fox News—and business culture as a whole. What strikes Jennifer Reingold is "the arbitrary nature of the punishment" that corporate America deals out when powerful men cross the line. She notes that Ailes "seemingly engages in a pattern of offensive behavior for decades and leaves only after a struggle (and with $40 million)," while Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts, who stepped down Wednesday, appears to have gotten the boot for a few "tin-eared" remarks. One thing is clear, says Reingold: "Business still has no consistent idea how to deal with diversity issues."


 A model immigrant? Melania Trump responded to a Politico story that raised questions about the timing of her arrival in the U.S. and whether her visa would have authorized her to work as a model. In a statement posted to Twitter, Trump said, "Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period." Time

 This is what a feminist writes like. President Obama marked his birthday yesterday (Happy belated, POTUS!) by penning an essay about how far American women have come—and why we must continue the struggle toward gender equality. The President also reflected on being the father of two girls, writing, "It’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men." Glamour

 She said, she said. In this week's Broad Strokes, Valentina Zarya and I discuss Donald and Eric Trump's misguided ideas about sexual harassment, Apple's latest diversity stats, and the fallout over the sexist remarks made by now-ex Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts. Tune in and watch us opine!  Fortune

 A judicial giant. In this moment of big female "firsts," this inspiring op-ed reflects on the legacy of the F.W.O.T.S.C.—the first woman on the Supreme Court—as Sandra Day O’Connor has sometimes wryly called herself. New York Times

 The banker's back. Shriti Vadera, the former U.K. business minister who helped resolve the country's 2008 banking crisis, is being called on to serve her country yet again. This time, Vadera, who is now chairwoman of Santander UK, will help negotiate Britain's departure from the E.U. Fortune

 Gwyneth gets app-y. Gwyneth Paltrow—along with and digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk—has signed on to Planet of the Apps, a new unscripted series co-produced by Apple and Propagate. All three will serve as mentors and advisors to the app developers selected for the series, and Paltrow and are also executive producers of the project. Deadline

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Elizabeth Wilner will join Airbnb as managing editor for policy on Aug. 29. She was previously with Kantar US. Anne Espiritu, Yahoo's head of public relations, is leaving the company for health insurance company Oscar, where she will be the VP of communications and corporate social responsibility. Espiritu will be replaced by Sheila Tran, the current communications head of online shopping site Polyvore.


#BrutallySexist. Yet another big brand has stepped in it with a sexist ad campaign. In a campaign titled #BrutallyHonest, Coca Cola Ireland released billboards and Sprite bottles adorned with lines like, “A 2 at 10 is a 10 at 2” and “You’re not popular… you’re easy.” The brand has since pulled the ads and apologized. Fortune

 A blockbuster budget. Ava DuVernay will be the first African-American woman to head a live-action feature film with a budget over $100 million with her forthcoming A Wrinkle in Time.  Motto

 White House to waitstaff. Looks like even the President's daughter isn't immune from getting a summer job: Sasha Obama just started a new gig working the takeout window of a Martha's Vineyard seafood restaurant.  Boston Herald

An Olympic record. The International Olympic Committee is hoping this summer's Rio Olympics will set a new record for the participation of female athletes, beating the last Games where 44% of the competitors were women. Reuters

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Maya Angelou is the face of Apple's new Olympics ad  Fortune

Report: USA gymnastics ignored sex abuse claims  New York Magazine

Roma women's business plan: Cook their way to a better life  New York Times

Lily Tomlin wins SAG lifetime achievement award  Women and Hollywood


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