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The Broadsheet: November 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Twitter attempts to put some teeth in its troll protections, Ivanka Trump hawks her jewelry on 60 Minutes, and we take a look at the women who could end up in Donald Trump’s cabinet. Enjoy your Wednesday.


• Can we go halfsies? While Canadian PM Justin Trudeau earned kudos last year for appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, no U.S. president has yet managed to achieve that 50/50 split (Bill Clinton got the closest, naming a 41% female cabinet as he began his second term).

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton promised to be the first, but her opponent, now president-elect Donald Trump, made no such vow. According to Bloomberg, women account for 21% of the staff and advisers on various lists of Trump transition team members. It’s too soon to say how many of these women will make it into his cabinet, but it’s already clear that those of us who were hoping that 2017 would finally be the year a U.S. president named women to a full 50% of top posts will be disappointed.

As we wait to see how Trump’s cabinet shapes up, Fortune‘s Laura Cohn has a look at 12 women who are rumored to be in contention for big jobs in the new administration. Some are household names—former governors Sarah Palin (Alaska) and Jan Brewer (Arizona), Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway—while others, such as Arkansas attorney general Leslie Rutledge or EEOC commissioner Victoria Lipnic, may be less familiar. I recommend giving the list a read—we may be hearing a lot more about some of these women in the very near future.  Fortune


• Tough on trollsTwitter is (finally) taking assertive action against trolls, rolling out two new features designed to give users more control over abusive content. The company will now allow people to block tweets directed at them if the messages contain certain words, as well as mute entire threads of tweets that are tagged with their name. Fortune

• 60 Minutes marketing. After Ivanka Trump appeared on 60 Minutes with her father last weekend, a group of journalists received an email from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry noting that the $10,800 bangle Trump wore on the program is available from her company. While Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, blamed the email on “a well-intentioned marketing employee,” the fact remains: Trump used the TV appearance to directly promote the selling of her products. New York Times

• Call for new collar. In an open letter to Trump, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty outlined several bi-partisan steps she thinks the new administration could employ to help create jobs, including a focus on what she calls “new collar” roles, which require defined skills but not necessarily two- or four-year college degrees.  Fortune

• Peace out, Pelosi? Acquiescing to lawmakers’ demands, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has delayed elections for leaders of the Democratic caucus. The elections, originally scheduled for Thursday, will now take place on Nov. 30, making it easier for an opposition candidate to drum up support. WSJ

• Boxing out the Electoral College. Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a Senate bill that aims to end the Electoral College. Citing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump—the Democrat won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote—Boxer called the Electoral College “an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society.”  CNN

• Liz sends a letterSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to Donald Trump Tuesday criticizing three members of his transition team that have ties to Wall Street and have “demonstrated records of failure during the 2008 financial crisis:” David Malpass, Paul Atkins and Steve Mnuchin. All three are contenders for top financial posts in the Trump administration. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jennifer Caserta, president of the IFC network, will join Funny or Die’s board in the wake of IFC parent AMC Networks’ acquisition of a minority stake in the comedy brand. Aspect Ventures’ Jennifer Fonstad has been named “Venture Capitalist of the Year” at the Deloitte Technology 2016 Fast 500, the first time a woman has received the award. Geisha Williams, president of PG&E’s electric business, will become president and CEO of PG&E Corp. in March.


• Baby bennies. Fertility information database FertilityIQ has released its first annual ranking of U.S. corporate fertility benefits. Perhaps not surprisingly, tech companies dominate the list, though consulting and consumer packaged goods employers also make a good showing. Fortune

• The Ailes paradox? Megyn Kelly appeared on Good Morning America, where she talked about being sexually harassed by former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. She also responded to questions about earlier remarks she made praising Ailes, saying: “Both things can be true. A woman can be harassed and then go on to have a good working relationship with a man harassing her.” People

• Shoppers speak. When Sarah LaFleur, CEO of women’s clothing brand MM.LaFleur, sent an email to her customers asking for their reactions to the election—and what they thought it would mean for women— she received a deluge of messages. Read some of the responses here:  Fortune

• She’s a doll. Plus-size model Ashley Graham talks about getting a Barbie doll made in her honor. Graham’s one request: “She had to have her thighs touch.” Fortune

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West Virginia official on leave after racist comment about Michelle Obama  Talking Points Memo

The inside story behind Tinder’s new gender options  Fortune

Swedish women are getting a mansplaining hotline  The Independent

Virgin America names new Airbus A320 ‘Lady Boss’   Virgin


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