The Broadsheet: December 21st

December 21, 2016, 12:43 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The D.C. city council has passed a groundbreaking paid leave law, Serena Williams talks about being a (famous) black woman in America, and two of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women tangle with their employees over Donald Trump. Have a great Wednesday.


 Chiding the chiefs. A growing number of tech CEOs, including two of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, are publicly engaging with Donald Trump—though not without some repercussions.

Last month, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote an open letter to the president-elect outlining several steps that she believes he could take to create jobs. Now, some IBM employees have created an online petition to air their displeasure with CEO's decision to appeal to Trump. According to Daniel Hanley, a software engineer who organized the effort, the letter offended him “because IBM has purported to espouse diversity and inclusion, and yet here’s Ginni Rometty in an unqualified way reaching out to an admin whose electoral success was based on racist programs.”

Meanwhile, George Polisner, a senior staff member at Oracle, has resigned after the company's co-CEO, Safra Catz, joined the Trump transition team. Polisner, who most recently managed Oracle's cloud services, published a LinkedIn post criticizing the president-elect and started his own petition for other Oracle employees who are unhappy with Catz's decision to join the Trump team.


 A big bill. Yesterday, Washington, D.C. council members passed a bill that will provide workers in the city with one of the most generous paid leave benefit packages in the U.S. The measure will provide private sector workers with eight weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, six weeks of paid caregiver leave, and two weeks of paid personal medical leave. Washington Post

 Ich bin ein Berliner. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed Berliners' fears in the wake of the killing of 12 people in a city Christmas market Monday, saying, “Even if it is difficult in these hours, we will find the strength for the life we want to live in Germany—free, together, and open.” The attack is comes as Merkel, who has been under fire for her immigration policies, readies to run for a fourth term next year.  Fortune

 Williams' latest hit. In this candid conversation with Common, Serena Williams talks race, equal pay, and activism. “I wouldn’t want to be any other color," she tells the rapper. "There’s no other race, to me, that has such a tough history… I’m really proud to wear this color every single day of my life.” The Undefeated

 Tiffany's new look. Meet Francesca Amfitheatrof, the edgy design director tasked with breathing new life into the 179-year-old jewelry institution. Bloomberg

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The Vatican Museums has named Barbara Jatta, an art historian and longtime Vatican official, its new director. She is the first woman to hold the post, which is one of the most prestigious jobs in the art world.


 R.I.P. Quattrochi. Gina Quattrochi turned New York's Bailey House into the largest U.S. provider of housing to people with AIDS, providing a model for many other organizations. She died on Dec. 13 at age 63. New York Times

A royal handoff. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who turned 90 in April, says she is passing on her patronage of a number of charities and other groups to the rest of the royal family. Time

 Pantsuit pages. Libby Chamberlain, founder of Pantsuit Nation, the Facebook page for supporters of Hillary Clinton, has signed a deal to publish a book based on the group.  New York Times

 Bravo, Baez! Joan Baez is one of six new inductees joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The official ceremony will occur in April. Entertainment Weekly

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How Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump  Quartz

After criticism from conservatives, Jennifer Lawrence defends her emotional election essay  Cosmo

The many meanings of the pantsuit  New York Times

One more time, with consent: Baby It's Cold Outside gets an update  NPR


You can’t worry about aging because that’s the worst thing. If you start, then you just keep finding more things you don’t like, and then you’re finished.
China Machado, editor, muse and the first woman of color to appear in a U.S. fashion glossy. Machado, who died Sunday at age 86, modeled as recently as last month.