The Broadsheet: August 1st

August 1, 2017, 12:06 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Lyft adds a former Obama advisor to its board, Uber’s next CEO could very likely be a white man, and journalists at the Financial Times are the latest to be enraged by the U.K.’s gender wage gap. Happy first day of August!


A tale of two startups. Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Obama, has filled Lyft's ninth (and final) board seat, ending a long search by the ride-sharing service. Jarrett—who once served as the commissioner of planning and development for the city of Chicago and was chair of the Chicago Transit Board—may help Lyft in its ongoing talks with public transit agencies. 

The appointment comes at a time when Lyft's main competitor, Uber, is in the midst of a leadership crisis. The latter has still not found a replacement for Travis Kalanick, the company's founder and former CEO. According to Recode's Kara Swisher, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief Meg Whitman out of the running, the four final candidates for CEO of Uber are all men—only one of whom is a person of color.

"That," Swisher notes, "will be a major disappointment to some, especially given major problems at Uber involving sexism and sexual harassment. While gender of a leader should not matter to dispatching such appalling behaviors, the symbolism over the appointment of a female CEO at Silicon Valley’s most toxic-bro startup is unquestionable."


Unfair pay in the U.K. The gender pay gap debate in the U.K. is reaching a boiling point as journalists at the Financial Times say they may strike after an internal review revealed that female editorial staffers earn 13% less than their male colleagues. The FT news comes amid a blockbuster equal pay fight at the BBC, which earlier this month disclosed a huge gap between the pay of its male and female talent. Fortune

Sawyer's Series A. Sawyer, which pegs itself as the "OpenTable for education," has raised $6 million in funding, its CEO Marissa Evans Alden tells Fortune exclusively. The round was led by Advance Venture Partners (AVP) and with participation from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, 3311 Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Female Founders Fund, among others. The startup has raised $7.9 million to date.  Fortune

How is this possible? Remember #OscarsSoWhite and #AskHerMore and all the other talk about how Hollywood needs to be more diverse? Well, it seems like Tinseltown isn't actually walking the walk, according to a new report from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The report finds that the representation of women, minorities, LGBT people, and disabled characters in films remains largely unchanged from last year. One example: Just 31.4% of speaking characters in last year's top 100 films were female, a number that is basically unchanged since 2007. Associated Press

#WhereAreTheirNames? A social media campaign is seeking to change the Afghan custom of referring to women by, well, anything other than their names (some examples of alternatives include Mother of Children, My Household, My Weak One or even My Goat). The campaign comes with a hashtag in local languages that translates to #WhereIsMyName. New York Times


On RBG's radar. In a pair of recent appearances, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg critiqued the Trump administration’s travel ban, predicted an end to capital punishment and suggested that the other branches of government are in disarray. She also gave a preview of cases on the court's docket next term, including ones on the privacy of information held by cell phone companies, a clash between claims of religious freedom and same-sex marriage, as well as a constitutional challenge to gerrymandering. New York Times

Roem becomes first. Danica Roem has made history by becoming the first openly transgender candidate to win a state primary in Virginia. But her platform has little to do with her personal history: “Traffic. Jobs. Schools, in that order,” Roem said about the issues she cares about. “And equality.” The Democrat is trying to unseat 25-year incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall. Washington Post

HBR's greatest hits. The Harvard Business Review has recently published two pieces that feel right up the Broadsheet reader's alley. The first, titled "A Winning Parental Leave Policy Can Be Surprisingly Simple," details what an employer needs for a successful leave policy. (The authors recommend two distinct policies: disability leave for women who are physically unable to work due to pregnancy-related conditions, and parental leave that’s equally available to all employees.) The second, titled, "Two Types of Diversity Training That Really Work," highlights two exercises that researchers find are effective in creating empathy among employees: perspective-taking and goal setting.

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How Britney Young went from a production assistant to starring in 'GLOW' New York Magazine

Dear men of 'The Breakfast Club': Trans women aren’t a prop, ploy, or sexual predators Allure

What Silicon Valley doesn’t understand about men harassing women Recode


We must not shy away from advocating for ourselves. We must not fear rejection or disappointment.
Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama, in an op-ed about Black Women's Equal Pay Day