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The Broadsheet: December 8th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Donald Trump tapped Linda McMahon to lead the SBA, Bethenny Frankel is partnering with Dress for Success, and we meet the most powerful women in Hollywood. Have a great Thursday.


• The power of entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Power 100 list of women in Hollywood is out. This year’s edition includes 26 newcomers, such as SAG-AFTRA president (and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star) Gabrielle Carteris and Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. While the THR list is not a ranking, it does single out 14 women who “dominated the 2016 entertainment and media landscape,” including Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden, Viacom and CBS board vice chair Shari Redstone, and ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey.

The package also includes a worthwhile interview of Power 100 honoree Tina Fey, conducted by former Late Show host David Letterman. In their wide-ranging discussion, Fey touches on the role of artists in times of political turmoil (don’t “roll with what your leader is doing just because he’s your leader”), misogyny (“much more real than two years ago”), and the women who inspire her (“there’s nobody better than Maya Rudolph”).


• Pinning the SBA. Donald Trump tapped Linda McMahon, WWE co-founder and former Senate candidate, to lead the Small Business Administration. Fortune

• Casing the cabinet. How is Donald Trump’s cabinet shaping up in terms of the issues that matter to women? Susan Chira, the New York Times‘ editor on gender issues, takes a look at where his picks stand on domestic violence, contraception, childcare, and more. New York Times

• From Housewife to helper. Remember Skinnygirl founder and Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel? The former reality star is launching a partnership with Dress For Success that will provide women facing an unexpected hardship—such as a divorce, health issue, or eviction—with free legal counseling, mental health services, and even financial assistance.  Fortune

• Beyond brands? Fortune’s Leena Rao has the scoop on Brandless, a new venture-backed marketplace for consumer packaged goods. The startup, co-founded by Sherpa Capital investor Tina Sharkey, has a curious hook: All items will be the same (still undisclosed) single-digit price.  Fortune

• On task. TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot talks to Fortune‘s Kia Kokalitcheva about her plans to bring the company to profitability, her experiences serving on the board of HP Inc., and her laser-sharp focus on customer experience. Fortune

• A fateful Friday. South Korean President Park Geun-hye is facing an impeachment vote tomorrow over allegations that she helped a friend, Choi Soon-sil, manipulate government affairs and extort tens of millions from businesses. According to this story, Park awaits the outcome of the vote, “hidden from public view, gripped by self-pity and despair, and largely alone.”  New York Times


• Father knows best? The Washington Post’s Wonkblog digs into how the trade tariffs proposed by Donald Trump could impact Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, much of which is made in China and Vietnam. Washington Post

• Taking its medicine. Mylan, the controversial drug company led by CEO Heather Bresch, says it will restructure and is expected to cut less than 10% of its global workforce.  Fortune

• Manbassadors? A new initiative from the Forte Foundation designates “manbassadors” at 10 business schools (including NYU Stern, Wharton, and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business), which will appoint male students to work with women’s groups at the schools to push for parity and tackle the issues that hold women back. The Economist

• Bitcoin breakthrough? Digital Asset Holdings, the blockchain company run by CEO Blythe Masters, claims to have found a solution to the privacy concerns that have stopped some financial firms from cozying up to Bitcoin. Fortune

• Playing games. Nicki Minaj is the latest celeb to get her own game from Glu Mobile, the same company that makes Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.  Time

Editor’s Note: Due to an error in the original Wall Street Journal story, yesterday’s newsletter misspelled the name of Evercore Wealth Management partner Jewelle Bickford. Apologies.

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How Ink Master became an unexpected lesson in feminist strategy  Wired

Women want real weights at the gym  WSJ

In one of Latin America’s poorest countries, boosting the economy is women’s work  FiveThirtyEight

Kellyanne Conway is playing the woman card all wrong  Washington Post


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