Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Trump makes more than a couple of nods to women in his address to Congress, a pair of new gender discrimination suits make headlines, and Susan Wojcicki wants to bring YouTube to your TV. Have a terrific Wednesday.
• Parsing Trump’s speech. Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to Congress. The speech was largely considered a “winner,” with the Washington Post calling it “the best speech Trump has given since he entered politics way back in June 2015.”
Much of the speech focused on hot-button topics like immigration (both legal and illegal), health care, and tax reform, but the president did highlight a few action items related to women’s well-being:
- Making child care affordable: Trump said that his “administration wants to work with members of both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable.” He did not mention a specific policy in his speech, but he may have been referring to the one Ivanka Trump is currently rallying Congressional support for.
- Creating an inclusive paid family leave policy: The president also promised to “help ensure new parents that they have paid family leave.” The key word here, according to Vox, is “parents.” Trump is rumored to be considering a tweak to his original paid leave policy, which excluded men.
- Investing in women’s health: Trump said that the new administration would “invest in women’s health,” though he did not provide specifics. This many be a nod to Planned Parenthood, the women’s health non-profit that he has threatened to defund, and which has received an influx of support and private donations in the past couple of weeks.
- Empowering female entrepreneurs: The commander-in-chief touted the joint council he has created with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets, and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• The first lady’s guests. Melania Trump was front and center last night as her husband delivered his address. The first lady hosted a roster of attendees who seem to have been chosen to reflect the administration’s priorities. Among her guests: Maureen McCarthy Scalia, the widow of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, widows of police officers killed in 2014 by a man in the country illegally; and Denisha Merriweather, who credits the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program with changing her life by letting her attend a private high school. Fortune
• A sartorial statement. The Democrats, meanwhile, had their own messages to send. The heads of the House Democratic Women’s Working Group asked members to wear white, the color of the suffragette movement. Chair Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) organized the initiative, saying the sartorial statement was intended to show that the members support women’s rights and “stand in solidarity with the women of our nation.” Fortune
• Every kiss begins with…consent. The details of the massive sexual harassment and gender discrimination suit against Sterling Jewelers, the conglomerate behind Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, really must be read to be believed. According to the Washington Post, declarations from roughly 250 ex-employees “allege that female employees at the company throughout the late 1990s and 2000s were routinely groped, demeaned and urged to sexually cater to their bosses to stay employed.” (Sterling disputes the allegations.) The class-action case, filed in 2008 and still unresolved, now includes 69,000 women. Washington Post
• So many suits! Female engineer AJ Vandermeyden is suing Tesla for gender discrimination, saying that she was passed over for promotion in favor of less qualified men and alleging that the electric carmaker ignored her claims of “pervasive harassment. “I’m an advocate of Tesla,” says Vandermeyden, who still works at the company. “That said, I can’t turn a blind eye if there’s something fundamentally wrong going on.” Fortune
• Channel changer. YouTube is officially jumping into the live-streaming television fray with a new subscription service called YouTube TV. The service, which was announced by CEO Susan Wojcicki, will offer live television content from more than 40 TV networks for a monthly fee of $35. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Conway’s jump the couch moment? Wondering what your fellow readers had to say about the drama over Kellyanne Conway’s Oval Office couch photo? The Broadsheet‘s own Valentina Zarya compiled some of your responses here: Fortune
• Leggo my Legos. Got a Lego lover in your life? The company’s newest set honors the women of NASA and features Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who inspired the movie Hidden Figures; Sally Ride, the first female astronaut in space; Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. Fortune
• Ms. Garner goes to Washington. Actress Jennifer Garner talks about why she spent last weekend in Washington, D.C., lobbying Congress to support early education for poor rural children. Apparently, she was also slated to sit down with Ivanka Trump, but the meeting “fell apart because of scheduling conflicts.” Washington Post
• This lady says no. Appearing on CNBC, Warren Buffett used a horrifically sexist (and, let’s be frank, confusing) analogy to attempt to explain Kraft Heinz’s failed takeover bid from Unilever. It’s based on the “old story about the difference between a diplomat and a lady”—and contains the lines: “If a lady says no, she means maybe. And if she says maybe, she means yes.” Yikes. Fortune
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