Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The women of cable news play musical chairs, the war on Planned Parenthood heats up, and WaPo’s Express magazine makes an epic mistake on its cover. Have a relaxing weekend.
• Changing the channel. Time for another round of TV news musical chairs. Let’s start at Fox, where it seems that the buzz that a woman would be tapped to replace Megyn Kelly was off base. Instead, the network announced that her plum 9 p.m. time slot will go to rising star Tucker Carlson. His move will have a domino effect, however, bumping Martha MacCallum—who is already slated to anchor a new program about the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency—into Carlson’s previous 7 p.m. slot. Shannon Bream will also move up the Fox ranks, succeeding MacCallum as co-anchor of America’s Newsroom.
Okay, got all that? Now let’s flip the dial to MSNBC, which announced that it is hiring Fox alum Greta Van Susteren. The anchor, who left Fox on the heels of Roger Ailes’s ouster, will get a new show called For the Record, which will debut on Jan. 9 at 6 pm. In a Facebook post that went up several days before the announcement was made, Van Susteren gave viewers a hint about what to expect from her next endeavor, writing, “If you liked my show before, you will like it now (I am the same person.). And if you didn’t like my show before? Well…you won’t like what I do now.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Plans for PP. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said yesterday that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included as part of a “reconciliation” bill to repeal ObamaCare (the move is opposed by at least one Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine). In addition to performing abortions—which accounted for 3% of the nearly 10.6 million total services provided by Planned Parenthood clinics in 2013), the Cecile Richards-led organization provides millions of cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, and contraception-related services each year. Motto
• A big boo-boo. Sure, we all make typos (The Broadsheet has certainly had its share!), but this screwup by The Washington Post’s Express magazine is in a league of its own: On a cover dedicated to the women’s march scheduled for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the publication showed a crowd in the shape of…the symbol for man. Oops. The Verge
• There oughta be a law. President Obama might have made headlines today with his contribution to Harvard Law Review, but he’s one of a dismally small group of minority lawyers in the U.S. According to new data, ethnic minorities accounted for 8% of partners this year (compared to 7.5% last year), and women made up 22% of partners (compared to 21.5% last year). Women of color were the least well-represented of all groups, holding just 2.8% of partner positions. New York Times
• Ivanka’s new adviser. Ivanka Trump has reportedly been turning to Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell, president of the bank’s charity foundation and a leading voice on women’s empowerment in the workplace, for advice. Powell oversees 10,000 Women, an initiative that focuses on helping female entrepreneurs around the world (and has been highlighted at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summits ). Politico
• Pre-mom penalty. The “motherhood penalty,” the fact that women with children earn less or are given fewer opportunities to advance in their careers, is a well-reported phenomenon. But new research shows that the penalty applies to women of childbearing age even if they aren’t mothers—or have any plans to become them—and clings mainly to economically advantaged women. Huffington Post
• New year, same Strokes. In our first Broad Strokes episode of 2017, Val and I offer a preview of what women have to look forward to—and dread—in the new year, and talk about the ongoing Fox News and Rockettes sagas. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Viacom named Sarah Levy, COO of its Nickelodeon network, to COO of its global entertainment group.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Gals of the GOP. Thanks in large part to the efforts of EMILY’s List, the PAC dedicated to electing Democratic women, 75% of the women in the 115th Congress are Dems. This story asks whether creating their own version of the PAC could help Republican women boost their numbers in a similar way. Roll Call
• Kids in cubicles. Should children be allowed in the workplace? It’s a complicated question. On one hand, kids can cause productivity and liability issues. Yet there’s no denying that banning them—without offering affordable childcare options—puts some working parents in an untenable position. Quartz
• Ya gotta start somewhere. Curious about how Dolly Parton, Xerox chairman Ursula Burns, or YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki got started in the working world? Check out this video series, “My First Job.” CNNMoney
• Who’s the boss? People has a first look at the upcoming drama based on #Girlboss, the bestseller written by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. People
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