Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A copy of Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming book leaks, Melania Trump targets cyberbullies, and white men in tech still aren’t getting the message on diversity. Have a relaxing weekend.
• See no evil, hear no evil. Looking to start your Friday with a little white-hot rage? If so, I recommend taking a look at LinkedIn’s new member survey on the state of diversity in VC and startups. There’s a lot of data to comb through, but the takeaway is this: The white men that still dominate the tech industry don’t see much of a problem when it comes to the situation of women and minorities—and they certainly aren’t doing much to fix it.
Among the findings: Most investors (75%) and founders (79%) are not aware of any diversity efforts at their company or portfolio companies. Meanwhile, the majority of female VCs and founders report having witnessed sexism in the industry, but just a sliver of their male counterparts said the same. Asked about witnessing racism, a similar perception gulf crops up between white and non-white investors and founders.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the men in the survey were also more likely to report that the media puts too much focus on the state of diversity in tech. I hate to be the one to tell them this, but until white men in the industry come to terms with the importance of bringing more women and people of color into their field—and commit to helping be part of that change—that focus will remain and, hopefully, intensify. LinkedIn
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Change starts at home. In her first solo speech since the Republican Convention, Melania Trump said that, if she becomes first lady, she plans to advocate for women and children—with a special focus on cyberbullying. As you might imagine, the Internet found this rather ironic, given her husband’s Twitter feed. Fortune
• Clinton in the courtroom. The New York Times digs into Hillary Clinton’s years as a corporate litigator, finding that Clinton’s work in the courtroom reflected many of the same qualities that mark her political career: diligent preparation, toughness, a flair for dismantling the opposition’s argument, and an ambivalent relationship with being in the spotlight. New York Times
• Kelly tells all? Radar is reporting that it has obtained a copy of Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming book, Settle for More, and that the memoir includes claims that she was sexually harassed—including physical advances—by former Fox News chief Roger Ailes in 2005 and 2006. Radar
• Trump v. Tur. Did you notice #imwithTur trending on Twitter? After Trump called out NBC reporter Katy Tur from the stage of his Miami rally—the third time he’s gone after her in public—well-wishers used the hashtag to support Tur and to criticize the GOP nominee for putting her safety at risk by naming her in front of a hostile crowd. Here’s a primer the history of Trump’s grudge against the journalist, which goes back to July of last year. Fortune
• Porat pod. Kick off your weekend with the latest episode of our new Most Powerful Women podcast, featuring Google and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat. iTunes
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Ancestry has hired Amy Gershkoff, most recently the chief data officer at Zynga, as its first chief data officer. The company also appointed Sarah South, who previously served as VP of Laboratory Operations at 23andme, VP of Laboratory Sciences. Melisa Goldie has resigned as CMO of Calvin Klein. The National Audubon Society announced the election of Margaret Walker as board chairman, effective January 2017. Audubon also named Susan Bell as vice chair and added Center ID’s CMO Heather Singh to the board.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Trump’s women problem. Time‘s Charlotte Alter weighs in on how the presidential election became “a national referendum on the treatment of women.” And despite the fact that a woman is finally running, it’s Donald Trump who has made it that way, writes Alter, noting that the GOP nominee “has opened the biggest gender gap in more than half a century, with 60% of registered voters telling Pew in late October that Trump has little or no respect for the opposite sex.” Time
• Who cares for the au pairs? A lawsuit filed on behalf of five au pairs alleges that the $4.35-an-hour stipend offered by the State Department’s foreign exchange au pair program amounts to systematic wage theft. The plaintiffs plan to seek class-action status for the suit, which they believe could cover as many as 50,000 current or former au pairs. Washington Post
• Locker room to the legislature. Given the research suggesting that female athletes are more likely to express political aspirations, this story looks at how the effects of Title IX are spreading into politics. Among the former college players now in political office: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Sports Illustrated
• World changers. People’s new list of 25 Women Changing the World includes praiseworthy do-gooders like Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles, Trayvon Martin’s mother—and founder of the foundation that bears his name—Sybrina Fulton, and Katie Meyler, who opened the first tuition-free all-girls school in Liberia. People
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