The World’s Most Powerful Women: September 7

September 7, 2016, 6:20 AM UTC

Gretchen Carlson got her revenge; now she’s getting paid.

According to Vanity Fair, the former Fox News anchor will receive $20 million from the channel’s owner, 21st Century Fox, to settle the sexual harassment claims she filed against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned in July. Carlson said in a statement that she was “gratified” with the company’s “decisive action” following her lawsuit, and she thanked the other women who came forward.

If you think Carlson’s settlement is a nice chunk of change, it certainly is. It ranks high among some of the biggest sexual harassment settlements in U.S. history. But then consider how Ailes has fared. The one-time television exec, who’s denied Carlson’s claims, received an exit package worth a reported $40 million, he’s now an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and his former company on Tuesday made a rare public apology on his behalf. It’s hard to count Carlson’s $20 million payout as a victory for working women when her alleged harasser, Ailes, made out even better.


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Nicola Sturgeon's miscarriage, cont'd
The Scottish FM's revelation about losing a baby on Sunday has rankled writer Hannah Betts, who argues that Sturgeon's disclosure was somewhat hypocritical since it sought to eliminate future scrutiny of women without children while also answering speculation about her own childlessness. "Biology is destiny—but only for women," Betts writes.The Times


You've said too much
Theresa May got into a public war of words with one of her most senior cabinet members yesterday when her office rebuked David Davis, secretary for Exiting the EU, for saying it was "very improbable" that the U.K. would stay in the single market if membership was conditional on accepting free movement of people. The PM has tried her best to tip-toe around such detailed statements.
The Telegraph


Turning a page
Joanna Coles is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for a new role: the first chief content officer for parent company Hearst. "I love Cosmo, but I gave it everything I had," she said. "I just didn’t have another sex position in me."
New York Times

Already a winner
Erin O'Flaherty will become the first openly lesbian contestant in the Miss America pageant when she represents Missouri this weekend. "I knew going in that I had the opportunity to make history," she said.
Associated Press

On the same day Fox settled with Carlson over her sexual harassment claims, another host Greta Van Susteren announced she was leaving the network. She's triggering the "key man" clause in her contract, which gave her an out if Ailes left the company.


Not because we didn't ask
New research suggests that women request raises as much as men, but they receive them less often. Fortune's Laura Cohn reports that a study of workplaces in Australia came to the stark conclusion that “women do ask but they do not get,” debunking the common notion that women's failure to broach the salary conversation contributes to their lower earnings.


There are hardly any women leading Fortune 1000 companies

Miss World Japan is confronting the nation's 'haafu' or mixed-race stigma

How Elizabeth Holmes’ house of cards came tumbling down
Vanity Fair

Renée Zellweger is back and standing up for herself
New York Times


[T]he fact of the matter is, when I go home to Detroit, there are people who don’t know that they could become the CEO of a tech company.
—TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot on diversity and being a black woman in tech.