Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A Gilt Groupe founder wants into your closet, Fox News is sued yet again, and Ivanka Trump is taking an official White House title. Have a good Thursday.
• Ivanka’s assist. Ivanka Trump’s evolution from businesswoman to White House insider continues. Yesterday afternoon, she announced that she will be taking a title—assistant to the president—and becoming an official government employee.
The role, which will be unpaid, gives Trump a more concrete position in her father’s administration. Last week’s news that she was moving into an office in the West Wing laid the groundwork for Wednesday’s announcement—and prompted criticism from some ethics experts, who said it would allow her to avoid some rules and disclosures.
“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” Trump said in a statement that acknowledged the “unprecedented nature” of her new role. Fortune
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• Wilkis Wilson’s new gig. Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, whom you might know as the co-founder of both flash sale site Gilt Groupe and mobile beauty startup GlamSquad, has shifted her focus to a new venture called Fitz, which launched to the public Thursday. Part home organizer, part styling service, the basic idea behind the startup is “to make getting dressed easier.” Fortune
• Those Fox lawyers are busy. Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, former employees in the Fox News payroll department, are suing the network over “top-down racial harassment.” The pair allege that comptroller Judith Slater made racially charged comments to them. Fox says Slater was fired on Feb. 28 as a result of her behavior toward Brown and Wright. Fortune
• The more things change... In 1976, Redbook conducted a survey of 9,000 readers, learning that 92% of respondents believed that sexual harassment was a problem and that just 10% of those who had been harassed asked the person in question to stop. The publication repeated the survey this year and the results are disheartening: 99% of those surveyed said it’s a problem and 14% asked their harasser to stop. Redbook
• An L.A. legend. Sherry Lansing had become the first woman to run a major film studio when she was named president of 20th Century Fox in 1980 and ultimately rose to chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures before stepping down at age 60. Along the way, she produced films like Indecent Proposal and The Accused and green-lit such mega hits as Forrest Gump and Titanic. The Hollywood Reporter has a juicy excerpt from her forthcoming biography, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker. The Hollywood Reporter
• Culture critic. Gabi Holzwarth, violinist, business development manager, and ex-girlfriend of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, spoke to the Huffington Post about her experiences spending time with company employees and at Uber functions—an environment that she describes as deeply misogynistic. “I’ve seen how the company runs,” says Holzwarth. “I truly don’t believe things will be changing.” Huffington Post
• What’s Omarosa’s role? Omarosa Manigault, a contestant on Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice and the director of African-American outreach during his presidential campaign, has an official White House title (assistant to the president and director of communications for the office of public liaison) but a somewhat murky role in the administration, writes The Washington Post‘s Vanessa Williams. According to Williams, “Some African American political insiders already have concluded that she is ineffective, and she is routinely derided on social media as simply providing cover for a president deeply unpopular with African Americans.” Washington Post
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Working with WOBs. Walmart, in partnership with a slew of other big companies like PepsiCo, Campbell Soup, and Johnson & Johnson, has announced a new commitment to source from more women-owned businesses. To keep tabs on their progress, a third party will track and publicly report how much the businesses buy from women-owned companies each year. Fortune
• Definitely not running. Unless… Speaking to Variety, Chelsea Clinton flatly denies claims that she plans to run for office.“If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time,” she said. “But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.” Variety
• Lucky 13. Melania Trump bestowed the State Department’s International Women of Courage award—which was inaugurated in 2007 by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice—on 13 women who are working to advance peace, security, and women’s rights in their home countries. “As women, we must continue to stand together with the steadfast goal of making our world safer through acts of collaborative and individual bravery,” said the first lady. “As we all know, wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them.” Fortune
• Aiming for equality. In Norway, 12% of hunters are now female, an increase of about 60% over a decade. This story introduces readers to some of the women who are driving that trend—including Stine Hagtveldt Viddal, who says she has encountered some mansplaining on the shooting range. “I say, ‘Shut up, just see how I shoot before you correct me.’ Then they leave me alone,” she says. New York Times
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