Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit kicks off

October 11, 2021, 12:40 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Texas’s abortion ban is reinstated, Maria Ressa wins the Nobel Peace Prize, and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit gets started. Have a great Monday!

– Back in action. Hello from Washington, D.C., where we’re getting ready for Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit, which kicks off today. It’s our first time back in person since 2019, so we’re thrilled to be together—and to bring you the highlights in the Broadsheet all week.

Tonight, we’ll begin main-stage festivities with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, alongside actor Rachel Brosnahan, of Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and singer Ciara, who has a first-look deal with the company’s streaming platform.

On Tuesday, we’ll hear from execs in the finance world, including Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman and TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett. We’ll hear more from the entertainment industry with Ann Sarnoff of WarnerMedia and Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff. And we’re getting in some sports too: WNBA star Sue Bird is set to appear alongside Nike’s Heidi O’Neill. Plus more CEOs across industries: Flex chief Revathi Advaithi, Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford, and Williams-Sonoma CEO Laura Alber.

The agenda keeps going through Wednesday, when we’ll be joined by the mayor of D.C. herself, Muriel Bowser; Match Group CEO Shar Dubey; and Simon & Schuster publisher Dana Canedy.

For those of you who will be with us this week, we’re so excited to see you. And we’re looking forward to bringing the highlights to the entire Broadsheet community.

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


- Change the world. Fortune's Change the World list is out today, honoring companies that are doing well by doing good. One of the businesses that made the list is Athleta, led by president Mary Beth Laughton, for the brand's work with female athletes, especially Simone Biles and Allyson Felix. Fortune 

- Back again. Two days after a federal judge halted Texas’s six-week abortion ban, the law was reinstated. The Fifth Court of Appeals issued a temporary administrative stay on that judge’s ruling after a request by the state. That means that, for the moment at least, SB8 is in effect again. Vox

- Peace prize. The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday went to Maria Ressa, Filipino-American journalist and CEO of the investigative news platform Rappler. Ressa has fought against President Rodrigo Duterte. "I've never been the news, but the only reason I've become the news is because I refuse to be stamped down, I refuse to stop doing my job the way I should," Ressa said after her Nobel victory. CNN

- Tech and teens. It's not just Instagram. Journalist Nancy Jo Sales, who has covered tech's impact on young girls, writes that the harmful effects of social media and technology on teens take place across platforms, from TikTok to Snapchat. There's "little excuse for anyone" to "claim ignorance of the dangers," she writes. The Information

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Pam Kostka will step down as CEO of All Raise; the organization is conducting a public search for its next CEO. The Wikimedia Foundation named Anusha Alikhan VP of communications and Margeigh Novotny VP of product design. 


- Silenced no more. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week the Silenced No More Act, which severely limits how companies can use NDAs and protects workers who want to speak out about racism, harassment, and other workplace abuses. Ifeoma Ozoma, a Pinterest whistleblower, has championed the bill. Marketwatch

- Laugh litmus test. Yang Li has become a popular comedian in China for her jokes about men; one of her best-known lines calls men "average but confident." Now, this story reports, young feminists in China are using her humor as a litmus test in their relationships—sometimes breaking up with boyfriends who take strong offense to the jokes. Vice

- Sweet treat. Ted Lasso just wrapped its second season, and it's closing with a culinary bang. Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi is debuting the show's famous biscuits, available in pink boxes at the bakery's New York and Los Angeles flagship locations. Through a partnership with Apple TV+ and Uber Eats, the sweets are available for free delivery. Fortune


The femicide case that's captivated Pakistan The Cut

What Slack does for women The Atlantic

Zephyr Teachout is ready to run for attorney general Jezebel


"It’s really tough to be a boss because you have to accept you are going to piss people off."

-Comedian Phoebe Robinson, on running her own book imprint, Tiny Reparations

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