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Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit is almost here

September 24, 2021, 12:35 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Facebook sends its head of safety to testify about teen girls’ mental health, Anita Hill has a new book out next week, and we’re getting ready for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. Have a great weekend.

– Back in action. It’s almost that time of year again: that’s right, the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit is set to kick off in just a few weeks. After more than a year of virtual gatherings, we’re thrilled to be back in person Oct. 11 to 13.

The MPW Summit is Fortune‘s annual event bringing together women leaders across corporate America and beyond. We have some incredible speakers set to join us in Washington, D.C. next month—and we will, of course, make sure to bring you the highlights in the Broadsheet throughout the event.

We’re excited to hear from leaders of Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies like Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi, Williams-Sonoma CEO Laura Alber, TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett, and Match Group CEO Shar Dubey. We’ll learn from tech founders and execs like Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar, Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, and Maven CEO Kate Ryder. And we’ll even be joined by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on her home turf.

It’s sure to be a fascinating lineup—and we have some other intriguing speaker announcements that we can’t share just yet….so stay tuned. You can learn more about the Summit and yearlong MPW membership here. We hope to see many of you in D.C. next month!

Emma Hinchliffe

The Broadsheet, Fortune’s newsletter for and about the world’s most powerful women, is coauthored by Kristen Bellstrom, Emma Hinchliffe, and Claire Zillman. Today’s edition was curated by Emma Hinchliffe


- Cuomo's misconduct. In a new op-ed, Shelley Ross, a former executive producer at ABC and CBS, reveals that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her years ago. (Cuomo says he apologized to Ross for the incident when it occurred and "meant it.") Ross says he doesn't want Cuomo fired, but would rather see the TV personality "journalistically repent" for his own misconduct and his role in his brother Andrew's sexual harassment scandal. New York Times

- For Facebook. Antigone Davis, Facebook global head of safety, will testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection about research that showed Instagram's harmful effects on the mental health of teenage girls. She's likely to be joined by representatives from other social media platforms to speak about similar issues. CNBC

- Reading list. Anita Hill has a new book, Believing, coming out next week. In this excerpt, Hill reflects on what it was like for her to watch Christine Blasey Ford's testimony during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Hill says she knew, while watching, that Ford's life would "never be the same." The Atlantic

- Swing vote? Sen. Susan Collins, who supports Roe v. Wade, says she would vote against Democrats' bill written in response to the six-week abortion ban in Texas; the legislation would "prohibit states from enacting restrictions on abortion through fetal viability." The GOP senator, who is one of few Senate Republicans to support abortion rights, says the bill "goes way beyond" codifying RoeLA Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Pinterest hired Zeny Shifferaw of Day One as creator inclusion lead. Plaid hired Sheila Jambekar as its first chief privacy officer. Natalie Miranda, a former LinkedIn exec, joins Justworks as VP of customer success.


- Say her name. In the U.K., the murder of Sabina Nessa has sparked an outrage over violence against women and girls—and who gets that response. The 28-year-old teacher was killed while walking from her home to a pub in London. Advocates say her case didn't immediately receive the same attention as that of Sarah Everard earlier this year and wonder where the outrage is when a victim isn't white. Washington Post

- Wiki results. Maryana Iskander will soon become CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees Wikipedia. The executive says the website's definition of "neutrality" offers lessons to others attempting to understand multiple points of view in a polarized era. New York Times

- Staff outrage. John Lewis, the employee-owned U.K. company led by chair Sharon White, is facing backlash for awarding bonuses to senior staff when the business still hasn't reinstated its longtime "partnership bonus" for all staff. Since 1953, all workers had received a percentage of their salary as a bonus until the compensation was cut during the pandemic. Financial Times


How did Time's Up go so wrong? Slate

Jane Goodall on how to change minds and why she isn’t ruling out Bigfoot GQ

Nurses are in short supply. Employers worry vaccine mandate could make it worse NPR

Lack of abortion access will set U.S. women back, economists warn Financial Times


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