Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Facebook shareholders want the company to reveal its gender pay gap, Ivanka Trump’s White House influence is on the rise, and the debate over “Fearless Girl” continues. Enjoy your Monday.
• Girl vs. Bull. With Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” still causing controversy, Fortune‘s Jeff John Roberts looks into the “Charging Bull” sculptor’s announcement that he may sue to have the girl removed. Roberts finds that the artist has no legal case, writing, “the United States has very weak protection for ‘moral rights,’ which help artists protect the integrity of their work.”
Meanwhile, arguments about the place of the two sculptures are still pinging around the internet. One that caught my eye is this post from writer and photographer Greg Fallis. He provides some history about “Charging Bull” and points out that the installation of the girl changes the meaning of the older work, turning it into “a symbol of patriarchal oppression.” Fallis also notes that the girl is not simply a piece of art—rather, the statue is part of an ad campaign. It was commissioned by investment fund State Street Global Advisors and is accompanied by a plaque promoting the company’s gender diversity index fund.
Personally, I don’t put much stake in Fallis’s first point. For me, positioning your statue as public art—rather than putting it in a museum or other private space—means voluntarily giving up some level of control. New York is a living, evolving city; nothing here remains the same forever.
However, I have for more sympathy for his second—that the statue is, at its core, an advertisement. I can see how some people might draw a parallel with the recent debacle of a Pepsi ad (though “Fearless Girl” is certainly far more successful) and read the work as a corporate co-opting of a social movement. On the other hand, there are certainly viewers who have no idea that the girl was put there by an investment fund and are genuinely moved by her feminist message.
What do you think? Send me your take at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• The father-daughter dynamic. This story, which looks at the rising power of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, reports that Trump “views her role partly as guardian of the family reputation and has fretted during and since the campaign about the long-term damage to the family business’s image that her father’s political career could cause.” When she speaks, her father listens, according to the New York Times, “although he does not always take her advice.” New York Times
• Truth to power. Russian reporters Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko broke the story that gay men are being detained, tortured, and even killed in an anti-homosexual purge in Chechnya. The Washington Post recently spoke to Milashina, who says she’s been forced to flee her home in Moscow because of threats. Washington Post
• Sharing pay numbers. A proxy filing reveals that Facebook shareholders have proposed that the company prepare a report on whether it has a gender pay gap—and if it does, how it plans to fix it—by December. Facebook’s board reported recommended a vote against the proposal. Facebook
• Megyn’s motivation. The New York Times is reporting that Bill O’Reilly’s public pooh-poohing of the sexual harassment allegations against him and former boss Roger Ailes—”as well a deep skepticism about whether the network was truly committed to changing its culture after Ailes was forced out”—factored into Megyn Kelly’s decision to leave Fox News. New York Times
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.
• Women like beer, too. Julie Kinch was the first woman to join Heineken USA’s executive leadership team as chief legal officer. But being in the minority, though it required thick skin, never bothered her much. “I don’t dwell on things I can’t change,” she says. “I focus on where I can make a difference and have an impact.” Fortune
• Chin up! FlyWheel Sports CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan shares a time she was turned down for a new job. While the rejection was a hit to her ego, she realized a better position was waiting for her all along. Fortune
• Advice for new moms: Ignore all advice. Having a baby bump is like wearing a sign that says, “free advice wanted,” writes Heather Zynczak, CMO at Pluralsight. But you don’t need to listen. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Social butterfly. Meet Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, White House social secretary and the woman behind yesterday’s Easter Egg Roll and pretty much every other gathering hosted by the president and first lady. Fortune
• Don’t ask. The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has sued to halt the rollout of a law that would ban city employers from asking potential hires about their salary history, slated to kick in next month. While proponents of such rules say they can help close the gender pay gap, the chamber argues it would infringe upon businesses’ free-speech rights. WSJ
• A full makeover. Glossier, the makeup brand led by founder and CEO Emily Weiss will receive $3 million in performance-based tax credits from Empire State Development and expand its staff from 61 to 282. Motto
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