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One museum is documenting women’s experiences of the pandemic

May 29, 2020, 12:56 PM UTC
Woman writing in journal
Woman writing in journal
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Pansy Ho is in line to take over her late father’s Macau gambling empire, the U.S. Women’s Soccer League has a plan to restart play, and the National Women’s History Museum is documenting our experiences of the pandemic. Find some rejuvenation this weekend. 

– Living history. Regular readers will know The Broadsheet has spent much of the past couple months covering the myriad ways the COVID-19 pandemic is a having a disproportionate impact on women (though I still refuse to use the term “she-cession”!).

They say journalists write the first draft of history—and our profession is certainly striving to live up to that—but there’s no doubt that those who look back at this moment in the years and decades to come will learn even more about what women are feeling and facing right now.

Many museums and researchers are already thinking about how to create a historical record of what it’s like to be living through this pandemic, but I was particularly interested to see that the National Women’s History Museum is compiling an aptly-named journaling project: “Women Writing History.”

The museum urges women, girls and non-binary people to “participate in the simple act of recording their daily thoughts and personal experiences” and to contribute those journals—written, oral, video, photo or other—to the NWHM. The purpose: to ensure “that women and girls’ unique voices and experiences are not left out of the telling of the COVID-19 story.”

Although we live through history on a daily basis, never in my lifetime has the feeling that we are writing a critical chapter been so intense—or that it’s vital to know more about what challenges others are facing. So if you have the time and inclination to record your experience, do! Even if you don’t feel ready to share your innermost thoughts with a museum, you are an essential part of this story.


A quick bit of Fortune housekeeping: We are beginning the process of putting together our 2020 ‘Change the World’ list, and we’re looking for your nominations. To qualify, companies should be using the creative tools of business to help the planet and tackle society’s unmet needs—and making money by doing so. You can find more info, and see last year’s honorees, here. To nominate a company, please use this Google form. The deadline for submissions is June 22; the list will come out in the October issue of the magazine. Thank you!

Kristen Bellstrom

Today’s Broadsheet was curated by Emma Hinchliffe


- Making the list. Fast Company debuted a new list: the Queer 50, recognizing 50 LGBTQ women and nonbinary people in business. Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford, and Reddit COO Jen Wong are among the honorees who discuss their careers and experiences here: Fast Company

-Taking to the streets. Among the protests against police brutality that are roiling U.S. cities this week: Demonstrators gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to call for accountability in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by three white police officers in her home earlier this year. Seven people were shot at the protest last night. New York Times

- Business as unusual. Fortune's series "The Coronavirus Economy," in which professionals across fields share how their jobs have changed during the pandemic, is going strong. Check out these interviews with the founder of a toilet paper startup, an entrepreneur behind a meal-delivery service, a cookbook author, and the CEO of women's health service the Tia Clinic

- A penny saved. Americans are using their stimulus checks for a purpose that's very, well, un-American, historically speaking. They're saving or "increasing their security blanket," as Jackie Reses, head of SquareCapital, puts it. She shared the insight during a Fortune Brainstorm Finance virtual event yesterday that also featured Julie Sunderland, business operations officer for payments at Google, and Robinhood COO Gretchen Howard. Fortune 

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Columbia Financial added Impact Consulting CEO Lucy Sorrentini to its board of directors. Former Netflix exec Tara Duncan is the new president of Freeform


- Family fortune. The death of Stanley Ho, the billionaire who built Macau into the world's largest gambling hub, has put his $15 billion fortune in the hands of his 57-year-old daughter Pansy Ho. One of the tycoon's 16 recognized children, Pansy Ho is co-chairman of casino operator MGM China Holdings and now faces the task of uniting a fractured, competitive family empire. Bloomberg

- Best at B2B. Do women have an advantage in B2B sales jobs—especially during global remote work? Women hold less than one-third of these positions, but 86% of female B2B sales professionals achieve their quota compared to 78% of men. Women's strengths in collaboration and developing long-term relationships—an edge for subscriptions, compared to one-time purchases—are helping them succeed in this industry right now, a group of academics and consultants argue here: Harvard Business Review

- Activism, back in action. Just before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Argentina seemed poised to legalize abortion. But the proposal was never formally introduced as the government's attention shifted to the crisis. Now activists are revitalizing the movement online. Guardian

- Soccer season. The National Women’s Soccer League is one of the first sports leagues to commit to an exact return date post-shutdown. The organization will run a tournament in Utah beginning June 27; all players will be tested for coronavirus 48 hours before departing for the event and upon arrival. All U.S. Women's National Team players also play for the NWSL, although they won't be required to participate in the June matches. Wall Street Journal


The unbearable grief of black mothers Vox

Rosanne Cash: I will miss what I wanted to lose The Atlantic

Ava DuVernay launches Array 101, an online education platform to dig deeper into her films’ social themes Fast Company


"There are hundreds if not thousands of us across the country. But we all have to try for some of us to get in."

-Mckayla Wilkes, a Maryland Democratic Congressional challenger, on running for office with a nontraditional background for politics