The Broadsheet: January 30th

January 30, 2017, 12:58 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. Serena Williams is back on top of the world, you may be getting a dose of Megyn Kelly with your morning coffee, and female politicians speak out against President Trump’s immigration ban—while female CEOs stay mum on the issue. Have a productive Monday.


 Reacting to Trump's ban. Ten days into President Trump's presidency, the U.S. has already seen two nationwide demonstrations. Just a week after millions around the country marched to voice their concerns about the commander-in-chief's treatment of women, Americans have taken to the streets and to social media (see hashtag: #NoBanNoWall) to object to his immigration policy.

On Friday, Trump issued an executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking U.S. entry for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries for at least 90 days. As the first affected travelers began being detained while attempting to enter the country on Saturday, demonstrations sprang up at a host of big city airports. Federal judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York issued a stay of proceedings for part of Trump's order (more on her below).

A number of powerful women in politics have spoken out about the ban, including Hillary Clinton, who tweeted: "This is not who we are." Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) both attended protests in their respective cities. The objection wasn't limited to Democrats; a number of Republican congresswomen also voiced opposition to the ban, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA). Among European leaders, German chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May criticized the policy.

While a number of tech CEOs also spoke out in opposition to the ban, the (admittedly small) community of female chiefs has remained relatively quiet. IBM reached out to its workforce offering assistance to any employees affected by the ban, but CEO Ginni Rometty, who sits on Trump's business advisory group, did not make a public statement about the policy.

As for women in Trump's inner circle, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said the weekend's chaos was a “small price to pay” for added security, while Ivanka Trump made no comment about the situation—but was criticized for posting a photo of her "date outfit" on social media, a move some saw as insensitive to the current political climate.


Remember her name. On Saturday, federal judge Ann Donnelly became the first justice to block Trump's immigration order after the ACLU’s emergency request to stop deportations found its way to her courtroom in New York. The 57-year-old has been on the federal bench for a little over a year, after spending 25 years in the Manhattan District Attorney office. At her confirmation hearing in October 2015, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Donnelly's reputation "legendary."  Washington Post

Hewson plays defense. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson (no. 3 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list) is under immense pressure from President Trump to trim the cost of the defense contractor's F-35 jet fighter program. At her latest meeting with the commander-in-chief, Hewson said Lockheed was cutting $600 million from its previous price for the next batch of 90 jets. WSJ

 Betsy: LGBTQ BFF? Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary, reportedly supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights—an aspect of her history that is largely unknown and seems at odds with her public image as a financier of conservative causes. According to former colleagues, she made accommodations for a transgender woman to use the women’s restroom at a Michigan GOP call center and used her political connections to help persuade other Michigan Republicans to sign a brief urging the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015 (though she did not sign it herself). New York Times

Serena's back on top. On Saturday, Serena Williams broke Steffi Graf's record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. The match that returned her to the world No. 1 ranking was against her sister Venus in the Australian Open final. After Serena's victory, Venus told the crowd: "That's my little sister guys." And to her competitor: "Your win has always been my win." Here's what female executives can learn from the way the Williams siblings continue to support one another despite their fierce rivalry on the court: Fortune

Mornings with Megyn? Megyn Kelly is reportedly being considered for an NBC time slot at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., for a show that is expected to begin in the fall. If she takes the later time, the popular fourth hour of Today, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will move to 9.  Variety

Brides of Boko Haram. This is a heartbreakingly beautiful photo essay on the child brides of Nigeria's Boko Haram fighters. New York Times


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.

Show them your world. Because even small cultural differences can add up to big differences in business results, no nuance of your culture is too small to expose to team members, writes Julie Freeman, global head of marketing and communications, consulting, and enterprise solutions for Tata Consultancy Services.  Fortune

Diversity program doom? Elise James-Decruise, VP of the New Marketing Institute at MediaMath, says most corporate diversity initiatives fail because executives don’t get enough institutional buy-in. Fortune

Shirai on STEMSandy Shirai, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP, writes about how her STEM education has helped her stand out as a female executive.  Fortune


 Dressing democratically? As fashion becomes increasingly politicized, with a number of designers vocally refusing to dress the Trumps, some are going so far as to bring politics to the catwalk. Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia featured a handful of styles that evoked Senator Bernie Sanders, while Karl Lagerfeld brought back pussy-bow blouses—an allusion to Trump's 2005 comments about grabbing women that surfaced last year.  Bloomberg

 Royally wrong. Historian Carolyn Harris points out that our contemporary portrayals of women in leadership sometimes lean more heavily on stereotypes than historical facts. The protagonists in The Crown's Queen Elizabeth II and Victoria's Queen Victoria are both "filled with self-doubt...forced to spend [their] time winning over skeptical men." Yet the actual British queens were known to be quite confident and were raised with a keen awareness of their future responsibilities, Harris writes. Quartz

 Let's unlearn that! A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as six tend to believe that men are inherently smarter and more talented than women, making them less motivated to pursue novel activities or ambitious careers. Fortune

Watch the throne. As Japan moves to accommodate Emperor Akihito’s desire to give up the throne before he dies, many Japanese believe it is time for a woman to reign. It's been nearly 250 years since the country has had a female emperor. New York Times

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