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The World’s Most Powerful Women: September 8

This newsletter is arriving a bit late in order to bring you Fortune‘s 2016 Most Powerful Women list that we revealed just a few moments ago. The 19th annual ranking of businesswomen in the United States includes 22 CEOs such as GM’s Mary Barra, PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, who alone control a whopping $1.1 trillion in market capitalization. That chief executive total is down from a record 27 last year due to some blockbuster departures and the emergence of some impressive newcomers.

The list has always measured only active corporate executives so Hillary Clinton, who’s currently having more impact on the nation than any woman in recent history, is absent, but Tory Newmyer’s latest feature for Fortune digs into whether or not she’s good for business.

Tomorrow’s WMPW will also be a late edition to coincide with the publication of Fortune‘s international list of Most Powerful Women, which celebrates women executives who work outside the U.S.



No pressure
Quartz has a good rundown of the selection process for the UN’s next secretary-general, which the publication has appropriately dubbed “the world’s hardest interview.” The live Q&A aspect of the process could give female candidates a chance to shine, but it could also reflect some of the same bias women in ordinary job interviews face—discriminatory questions, too much focus on their appearance, and a dislike of ambitious women. Quartz


An unhappy hour
In an odd attempt to support working women, U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recently decried after-work drinks as a form of institutionalized sexism. The practice benefits men “who don’t feel the need to be at home looking after their children,” while discriminating against women “who want to, obviously, look after the children that they’ve got.” This writer argues that mothers don’t necessarily “want” to be home any more than men want to be away from it, but some factors—namely the gender pay gap—mean they have to be.
The New Yorker


Not-so subliminal advertising
Google’s clever new approach to deterring potential ISIS recruits places advertising aimed at undoing ISIS’s brainwashing alongside search results for keywords and phrases tied to the extremist community. Yasmin Green, head of R&D at Google-owned incubator and think tank Jigsaw, explains how it works.

Chasing Meg’s vision
As part of Meg Whitman’s plans to shift HPE’s strategy to a few key areas, it’s spinning off its non-core software assets and merging them with the U.K.’s Micro Focus International in a $8.8 billion deal. (Whitman is No. 7 on the new MPW list for having pulled off one of the highest-profile tech separations in corporate history.)

A fresh start
The former VP of communications at Theranos has a new gig. Brooke Buchanan, who left the controversial blood-testing startup in June, has landed a new role at Whole Foods.


Missing the point
Former Australia PM John Howard issued some controversial remarks when asked about the declining share of women in Parliament. He said it was a “reflection of society” that “women play a significantly greater part of fulfilling the caring role” so there are “some limits on their capacity.” Predictably, his comments set Twitter aflame.


J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons eats the exact same lunch every single day
Bon Appetit

This woman is tracking rape in U.S. college football because no one else will

South African students decry a school rule against braided and dreadlocked hair

Some see anti-women backlash in the ouster of Dilma Rousseff
New York Times


I’ve gotten two Uber drivers to purchase books in the car.
—Lisa Lucas, director of the U.S.'s National Book Foundation on her crusade to get more people to read.