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The Broadsheet: November 17th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The former People writer who said she was groped by Trump weighs in on his win, computer programmers have a massive gender pay gap, and too many companies are keeping their parental leave policies under wraps. Have a good Thursday.


• The Secret. A new report from non-profit Paid Leave for the United States (PLUS) aims to parse the parental leave policies of the top 60 employers in the U.S. However, the researchers ran into a teeny problem: Only 27 of those companies were willing to share any information about their policies.

What causes employers to be so secretive about their parental benefits? Well, for one thing, some companies have one policy for their salaried employees and a different one for their hourly workers—I’ll let you work out who gets the better deal. Some, such as Walmart, are open about that fact, but others prefer to keep their bifurcated policies hush-hush. Then there are the companies that have shoddier parental benefits than the competition, or that offer dads or adoptive parents much less leave than birth mothers.

Given how critical paid leave can be for new parents, it’s unfortunate that many employers opt to keep this info under wraps. Hopefully, pressure from PLUS and other groups will help convince more companies to implement leave policies that they’re proud to share with the world. Fortune


• Stoynoff speaks—again. Natasha Stoynoff, the People reporter who wrote about being forcibly kissed by Donald Trump when she interviewed him in 2005, says she is “sad but staying hopeful” in the wake of Trump’s election and that she has no regrets about telling her story. People

• Misquote mess. After PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi commented on the election last week, some Trump supporters have been calling for a boycott of her company. The problem? Nooyi never actually said the things that her critics have been attributing to her.  Fortune

• Tech’s other gender gap. If the tech industry really wants to attract more women, maybe it should start by disrupting its gender pay gap. According to a new analysis, female computer programmers make 28% less than male counterparts (after controlling for factors like age, education, and location), vs. the typical intra-occupation gap of about 6%.  Fortune

• Future shock. A new poll finds that three out of four working women feel worse about their career prospects after the election of Donald Trump. Just 8% of women, meanwhile, feel more hopeful about their work future under his administration. Fortune

• More medalists. In his final round of Presidential Medals of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., President Obama will honor 21 people, including Ellen DeGeneres, Melinda Gates, Native American community leader Elouise Cobell, and computer programmer Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (who passed away in 1992).  Buzzfeed

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Teri List-Stoll will become CFO of Gap on Jan. 17. She previously held the same position with Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kraft Foods. Walker & Co. Brands has hired Joanne Hsieh as COO. Prior to joining the company, she was SVP and international general manager of La Mer. Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, will become president of Lincoln Center in March.


• Follow the leaders. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the next leader of Senate Democrats, assigned a number of members to his leadership team—including Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who will become the first lesbian senator to hold a leadership role.  Washington Post

• Voice of experience. Megyn Kelly talks about the relentless campaign Trump waged on her and Fox News to push for favorable coverage during his presidential bid. If he were to repeat the same behavior from the White House, says the anchor, “it would be quite chilling for many reporters.” New York Times

• Meet EverybodyIris Alonzo, former senior creative director of American Apparel—and the woman behind the brand’s signature deep v-neck tees—has a new gig. Everybody, a clothing and lifestyle company she started with Carolina Crespo, invites guest collaborators to help them come up with new products.  New York Times

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Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal renewed for season 2  New York Magazine

Why did college-educated white women vote for Trump?  New York Times

High school sophomore raises money for feminine care products for homeless women  Chicago Tribune

For women, glass ceilings, and glass walls, too  New York Times


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