Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Sheryl Sandberg denies that Facebook affected the outcome of the election, Kellyanne Conway hints that she’ll pass on a White House gig, and Donald Trump taps the man responsible for the infamous Carl’s Jr.’s ads for secretary of labor. Have a fabulous weekend.
• Lost my appetite. Donald Trump has chosen Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, for secretary of labor. It’s a controversial pick for a host of reasons, including Puzder’s attitudes about—and alleged treatment of—women.
Let’s start with the infamous Carl’s Jr. ads. You may remember them—the spots featured scantily-clad celebrities like Kate Upton and Paris Hilton eating the company’s burgers in graphic closeup. The ads were about as close as it gets to fast-food porn, and inspired boycotts and criticism.
Puzder’s response? “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” He continued defending the commercials as recently as last year, when he said: “I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.”
And his issues with women may go well beyond objectification. According to the Riverfront Times, Puzder’s first wife accused him of domestic abuse in the ’80s, when the police were twice called to the couple’s house. The CEO has repeatedly denied the allegations, which were recently walked back by his ex-wife.
It’s difficult to avoid drawing a parallel between Puzder and Trump, who has also been accused of objectification and abuse of women. (Charges the president-elect has vehemently denied.) Even without those echoes, it raises another red flag about the way Trump thinks about women. Clearly, he doesn’t believe that any of Puzder’s statements or behavior disqualify the CEO from serving in a post that’s tasked with protecting the rights of workers—including working women. Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• True… Appearing on Today, Sheryl Sandberg said that fake news and hoaxes that appeared on Facebook did not affect the outcome of the election and rejected the criticism that the social media giant has received for its role in disseminating false information online. Fortune
• …or False? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton spoke out about the danger of fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, saying the issue “is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk.” Fortune
• Lawyered up over leave. Former Bayer VP Irene Laurora is suing the pharma giant for alleged discrimination, claiming she was dismissed because she stood up for a pregnant colleague’s maternity leave. Bayer denies the allegations. Fortune
• Trouble in Trumpland? HuffPo‘s Emily Peck deconstructs recent comments by Kellyanne Conway, in which the Trump advisor implied that she would turn down a White House post due to the strain it would put on her family life. The men on Trump’s team apparently told Conway that they wouldn’t want their wives to take the job they were offering her, a stance that makes it “clear that in Trumpland, the burden of parenting always falls on the mother,” writes Peck. The Huffington Post
• The Strokes are back! On this week’s Broad Strokes Anne VanderMey joins me to talk Trump’s cabinet, gender equality pledges, activist investors, and more. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: lululemon promoted of Celeste Burgoyne to EVP, Retail, Americas. The Broad Foundations named Katharine “K.C.” Krieger chief investment officer of its $2.5 billion portfolio. StyleWatch editor in chief Lisa Arbetter is leaving Time Inc. Executive editor Bethany Heitman will take over on an interim basis.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Don’t panic. Speaking on a panel at last week’s Fortune MPW Next Gen Summit, a trio of PR pros discussed the best way to weather a crisis. The key, according to Nairi Hourdajian, VP for marketing and comms at Canaan Partners: “Do no further harm. You’re trying to stay above water.” Fortune
• Next gen journalists. Melissa Harris-Perry is leveraging her roles as founding director of Wake Forest University’s Anna Julia Cooper Center and editor-at-large of Elle.com to lead a mentorship program for five female Wake Forest undergrads focused on creating content about issues that affect women and girls of color. Motto
• Desmond on the money. Black rights activist Viola Desmond, who was jailed for sitting in the “whites only” section of a Nova Scotia film house, will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on the country’s $10 bill. CNC News
• The year in women. FT Magazine‘s women of the year include late architectural legend Zaha Hadid, baking star Mary Berry, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, and British PM Theresa May. FT Magazine
• Making of a champ. Villanova University psychology prof Katina Sawyer and executive coach Anna Marie Valerio teamed up to see if they could identify shared qualities of “male champions”—men who support and mentor women at work. Here’s what they discovered: Harvard Business Review
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