The women who challenged the establishment this weekend

February 24, 2020, 1:08 PM UTC
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ty Haney is out as CEO of Outdoor Voices, the jury gets closer to a Weinstein verdict, and women had an eventful weekend in politics. Have a productive Monday. 

– Weekend report. From Nevada to Washington, D.C., women faced political verdicts and pushed back against them this weekend.

First, the Nevada caucus. Despite the momentum created by her debate performance last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren earned just 10% of the vote, coming in fourth place as results were finalized. Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in sixth place, and the decisive victory went to Sen. Bernie Sanders—who also got a surprise endorsement from Marianne Williamson on Sunday.

Warren’s debate performance did, however, lead to one resounding victory: Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Friday finally agreed to release at least three women from their non-disclosure agreements. Bloomberg chose those three, specifically, as the claims all included comments the women say he made personally, rather than only harassment or gender discrimination allegations about his company. (Something must have been in the water on Friday—Condé Nast also announced it would limit the use of NDAs across the company.)

While the women in the Democratic primary race ended up losing out this weekend, another group of women in politics got a boost. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed a slate of seven female progressive primary candidates, all challengers to either sitting Democratic congressmen or Democratic Party-approved candidates for Republican seats. The group includes Christina Tzintzun Ramirez who’s vying for Sen. John Cornyn’s Texas Senate seat, along with House candidates Jessica Cisneros, Kara Eastman, Teresa Fernandez, Georgette Gómez, Samelys López, and Marie Newman. Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC Courage for Change is backing candidates who support Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, racial justice, and other issues.

Another notable challenge this weekend came from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. After a 5-4 majority decided to allow the Trump administration’s wealth test for immigrants to take effect in Illinois, the last remaining state where it was in limbo, Sotomayor in a dissent strongly criticized her colleagues, accusing the conservative justices of bias in favor of the Trump administration. “The Court’s recent behavior [has benefited] one litigant over all others,” the justice wrote, adding that granting the administration’s emergency requests to rule on its policies “put[s] a thumb on the scale in favor of the party that won.”

It was a busy weekend, including here at Fortune; we published an op-ed by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, in which she argues that Democrats’ impeachment campaign helped President Trump. (She earned 0% of the vote in Nevada.)

And somehow, there’s still more news below.

Emma Hinchliffe


- Out-door Voices. Tyler Haney is out as CEO of athleisure brand Outdoor Voices as the direct-to-consumer company faces mounting losses (reportedly $2 million a month with $40 million in annual sales). Haney will stay on as a member of the board and with the new title of "founder." The brand recently raised new capital at a lower valuation than it had in past rounds. TechCrunch

- Jury says? The jury is still debating Harvey Weinstein's fate in New York, and it asked a question on Friday that indicated that the group is split on two charges of predatory sexual assault—the most serious charges Weinstein faces and the ones that come with a potential life sentence. The jury asked the judge if they could be divided on those charges, but unanimous on charges of first- and third-degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree. BuzzFeed

- Playing to win. The U.S. Women's National Team has set a price for the unequal pay and gender discrimination it claims players experienced: $66 million. The trial for the lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation is scheduled to start May 5; the size of the damages the team is seeking was revealed in papers filed last week. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Wunderman Thompson global chairman Tamara Ingram is stepping down. Mining group Rio Tinto appointed Oxford professor Ngaire Woods, JPMorgan Chase global chair Jennifer Nason, and Schlumberger EVP Hinda Gharbi to its board of directors. 


- Workplace politics. Last week, writer E. Jean Carroll claimed Elle magazine fired her from her three-decade gig as an advice columnist after President Trump allegedly defamed her character following her accusation that he raped her in the mid-1990s (he denies it). Now, sources at Elle push back on that claim, saying it was a different kind of politics that ended Carroll's contract: she gave the news-making excerpt of her book to New York magazine instead of to ElleNew York Times

- LuLaOhNo. LuLaRoe, the multi-level marketing brand known for its leggings, has been in trouble for a while, facing lawsuits from suppliers, customers, and consultants. This story examines how those consultants—mostly millennial women who sunk thousands into inventory to later sell—were left in debt, as LuLaRoe fractured the Mormon family who founded the brand. BuzzFeed

- States step up. States have started stepping in to pay for family planning services at Planned Parenthood clinics since the organization quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Hawaii are among the states providing new funding to replace the federal money. Fortune

- Community-building gone wrong. In a corner of the Internet, women who believe in and practice "free birth"—not a home birth with a midwife or doula, but a birth deliberately without any medical professional or expert present at all—congregate. One woman shares her story of how she "brainwashed" herself through those communities, avoiding induction until she finally went into labor a month after her due date, and ended up losing her baby. NBC News


Why high-achieving women pretend their lives are in shambles Medium

The long history of the hand-washing gender gap Slate

Harry and Meghan are dropping the word 'Royal' from their brand CNN

What Curb Your Enthusiasm is getting right about #MeToo MEL Magazine


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