Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Michelle Obama gives her final speech as First Lady, Meryl Streep is my hero at the Golden Globes, and the women surrounding Donald Trump are making headlines—though probably not the kind they want. Have a productive Monday.
• Keeping up with team Trump. Several of the women in President-elect Donald Trump’s orbit have been stirring up controversy over the past couple of days. Here’s a rundown:
A CNN review revealed that conservative author and TV personality Monica Crowley, whom Trump has chosen for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, What The (Bleep) Just Happened.
L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean is in hot water with the Federal Election Commission over a political action committee she created to support Trump. Apparently, the PAC was limited to individual contributions of $5,000 in a single year—and Bean contributed $60,000.
Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary, is being called out for creating an apparent conflict of interest around her confirmation hearings. DeVos is a billionaire Republican donor whose family’s donations have funded the campaigns of many of the senators now tasked with voting on her nomination—including members of the committee overseeing her confirmation hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Streep vs. Trump. While accepting the Cecile B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” Meryl Streep deflected the audience’s attention away from herself and put the spotlight on Donald Trump. “There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said, referring to a 2015 incident in which the president-elect appeared to mock disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski (Trump denied that this was his intention).“This instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everybody’s life because it gives permission for other people to do the same,” she lamented. Trump responded to Streep on Twitter, calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky.” Entertainment Weekly
• Gosling gets it. Meanwhile, in a move that I personally think is more romantic than anything that happened in La La Land, Ryan Gosling thanked his partner, Eva Mendes, for her unpaid work in his Golden Globes acceptance speech. “While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” he said while accepting the award for best actor in a comedy or musical. “If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today.” Fortune
• Out of the club. Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer has stepped down after five years leading the bulk retailer, during which time she implemented many initiatives aimed at trying to catch up with rival Costco. No. 17 on our Most Powerful Women list, Brewer was one of the few African-American women in a top retail job. According to the CEO of parent company Wal-Mart Stores, Brewer is leaving because “she wants a new challenge.” I can’t wait to see what she does next. Fortune
• Pharma bro’s back. Twitter has suspended Martin Shkreli’s account after the ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO (a.k.a Pharma bro) repeatedly used the platform to harass journalist Lauren Duca. The incident apparently began when Shkreli direct-messaged Duca to ask her to be his plus one to the inauguration. “I would rather eat my own organs,” she replied. Fortune
• Watch them run. EMILY’s List, the PAC dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women, is offering attendees of the upcoming Women’s March on Washington a chance to attend a free training on how to run for office. Fortune
• Ladies who lunch. In this charming “Table for Three,” Samantha Bee and Jane Pauley talk about navigating an industry dominated by men, the role of news, and their mothers’ takes on their careers. New York Times
• President Zuma, pt. 2? The women’s arm of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party is backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, to be the party’s next leader. If she does end up at the head of the ANC, she will very likely become the country’s next president. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Campbell Brown has been named Facebook’s head of news.
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• She gets STEM. Gay Gaddis, CEO and founder of T3, writes about how hiring more women for STEM jobs can transform companies for the better. Fortune
• Be on brand. Not sure how to polish your personal brand? Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden has four tips. Fortune
• Military might. Lenore Karafa, partner at McChrystal Group, shares what her stint in the Marine Corps taught her about being a better leader. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• One small step... Next year, astronaut Jeanette Epps will become the first black American astronaut to board the International Space Station. Huffington Post
• The 51% solution? Serial entrepreneur (and cousin of Barbra Streisand) Robyn Streisand has launched Titanium Worldwide, a sort of holding company that allows 17 media, marketing, and communications agencies to service clients under a single contract. To join the collective, member companies must be at least 51% owned and operated by a minority entrepreneur. Fortune
• Meet the Mercers. This WSJ profile takes a closer look at hedge fund exec Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, who are “poised to become major power brokers in Mr. Trump’s Washington.” WSJ
• A bloodbath. After firing 340 employees this past October, Elizabeth Holmes’ blood-testing company Theranos says it will fire about 41% of remaining employees. Fortune
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