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The Broadsheet: October 13th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Male lawyers are taking the credit—and the money, women showrunners are running LA, and Anita Hill helps me wrap my mind around this election. Have a great Thursday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Voice of experience. Some weeks, being a newshound is hard on your psyche. With the aftershocks from Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape still rippling through the headlines and fresh allegations about his egregious behavior with women emerging—I dig into those below—this has been one of them.

Yet I find some solace in this thoughtful op-ed by Brandeis University professor Anita Hill (who, of course, was in the center of another infamous story about a powerful man and his treatment of women). Hill makes a number of insightful points—including a reminder to focus not just on the GOP nominee, but also on his alleged victims. But if you, like me, have had difficulty this week holding on to your optimism about the future of women in this country, I think her final appeal is perhaps the most important: We cannot allow this conversation to end on November 9th. Boston Globe

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

Today in Trump news. Two stories about Donald Trump’s behavior towards women bubbled to the top yesterday. The first was about the billionaire’s alleged habit of “waltzing” into pageant dressing rooms while contestants were changing. The second directly contradicts the candidate’s insistence that the actions he described in the Access Hollywood tapes—kissing and groping women without consent—were just “locker room talk.” Two women have come forward saying Trump touched them inappropriately.

• What genius came up with this? Gender clouds even our judgment of great ideas. A new study found that when a scientific discovery is described as being developed “like a lightbulb,” it is seen as exceptional—but only if credited to a man. Women’s ideas were only exceptional if “nurtured like seeds.” As Cornell researcher and lead author on the study Kristen Elmore explains: “We associate the lightbulb metaphor with genius and we commonly think of genius as male.” Fortune

• When Hillary became “Hillary.” This provocative feature posits that the span between Bill Clinton’s 1980 defeat in the Arkansas gubernatorial race and his victory in 1982 was the time when Hillary Clinton took on the public persona we know today. Author Robert Draper calls her evolution a “collaborative creation by herself and her political enemies, both a reflection and a source of the uncertainty and mistrust with which the public has so often regarded her.” New York Times Magazine

• Rainmakers—or credit takers? According to a new survey, female partners at big American law firms still earn 44% less than their male counterparts. The data suggests that men make more because they bring in more big-ticket legal cases—or are better at getting credit for doing so.  New York Times

• She’s on the case. Civil rights lawyer (and two-time delegate for Hillary Clinton) Gloria Allred has joined the lobbying effort aimed at persuading The Apprentice creator Burnett to release more unaired footage of Donald Trump. So far Burnett maintains that he “does not have ability nor the right to release footage.”  Fortune

• Running Tinseltown. The Hollywood Reporter‘s new list of the 50 most powerful TV showrunners includes Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat), and Shonda Rhimes (Scandal et al)—to name just a few.  The Hollywood Reporter

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Facebook has hired Electronic Arts VP Rachel Rubin Franklin as the new head of Facebook Social VR.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Say my name. This fascinating story looks at how men’s names—and how they label much of New York City—has overshadowed the many ways that women shaped the Big Apple. The New Yorker

• Facebook’s nip slip? Less than a month after facing backlash over its censorship of the iconic “Napalm Girl” photo, Facebook is under fire again—this time for removing an article about the French government’s efforts to overhaul mammogram-screening in the country, included a lead image of a woman’s breast (which apparently violates the company’s nudity policy). The social media giant later restored the photo and apologized. Quartz

Whoopi’s whimsy. Just in case you’re looking to drop $139 in the name of holiday spirit, Whoopi Goldberg is launching a line of “ugly” Christmas sweaters. WWD

• In control. While I usually try to steer clear of news about celebrities’ personal lives, this one seems worth a mention: Janet Jackson has confirmed that she’s pregnant with her first child—at age 50. Congrats, Janet! People

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ON MY RADAR

Daughters and Trumps  New York Times

Alaska Airlines kicks off passenger for catcalling a female flight attendant   Fortune

This pharmacy instituted a ‘man tax’  Time

Trump inspires Muslim-American women to start a PAC  Politico

QUOTE

The math really is pretty simple: there are way more talented black actresses than there are intelligent, meaningful roles for them, and we’re consistently charged with diving for the crumbs of the scraps, lest we starve.
'Empire' star Taraji P Henson in her new memoir