Everything you want for Christmas…
…is you! Or rather, inspiring stories from all of you to share this holiday season. Reply to this email with your response to one of the prompts below, or exit the script – that’s fine too! Be sure to let us know if we can use your name or if you prefer to remain anonymous.
Describe a work experience that made you feel empowered.
Who do you see as a mentor or career inspiration? Maybe someone you know personally or a public figure…
What’s the best job advice you’ve ever received?
News to note 📝
In “It’s About Time” news, the federal government is making women small business owners a priority. Small businesses are struggling during the pandemic, and women-owned businesses face particular challenges. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is finally moving its Office of Women’s Business Ownership to a senior role within the agency, prioritizing women entrepreneurs and working to give them access to training, capital and contracts. governments – see the $37 billion allocated to small businesses in the recent infrastructure bill. Phew! [19th]
How to make a sexual assault allegation go away. The devil is working hard, but apparently the Chinese internet censors are working harder. the NYT reports that it took them just 20 minutes to take action and erase from public view tennis star Peng Shuai’s published account of a sexual assault by a senior government official. We’ll say more, but a picture (or rather a graph) is worth a thousand words, so be sure to check out the interactive report outlining the (sometimes clumsy) approach the authoritarian Chinese government has taken to make the allegation of Peng’s sexual assault. Oh, and let’s rephrase our previous statement: Chinese internet censors work hard, but journalists work even harder. [NYT]
And that’s a wrap – for now – on Chris Cuomo. The former star news anchor is officially absent from CNN after new information emerged about his involvement in the sexual harassment scandal of his brother and ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Details are TBD, but it must be bad enough for the network to irrevocably sever ties – this after being absolutely bizarrely remarkably understanding of its need to put family before work (Siri, look it up). Cuomo announced he had quit his Sirius XM show, and HarperCollins quit him and his book, aptly titled “Deep Denial.” [Daily Beast, WP]
If Roe leaves, California plans to step in. The key word here is “sanctuary” – if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state wants to be a safe place for those seeking abortions in another state. This could take the form of financial assistance for travel and accommodation, as well as reimbursement to abortion providers in cases where patients cannot afford to pay. Twenty-six states could ban abortion if Roe is overthrown. On CNN.com, Reshma Saujani (founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms) called on her fellow business leaders to ensure reproductive freedom for their employees by providing abortion care and fighting for the right to abortion. [AP, CNN]
What’s wrong with the tech bro culture? Hmm, where to start. Quartz sat down with Girls Who Code CEO Tarika Barrett (who took over from Saujani as CEO earlier this year) to discuss what the tech industry can do to increase diversity and inclusion in an industry known for its terrible treatment of women and people of color. Notably, Girls Who Code cut ties with video game developer Activision over its ongoing sexual harassment and abuse scandal. A few of the key (familiar) takeaways: Tech companies need to prioritize policies like paid parental leave, address their own hiring biases, and increase the number of women in leadership positions. [Quartz]
Numbers to know 🔢
$3 billion The amount the Biden administration intends to spend on maternal health initiatives under the Build Back Better Act. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among rich countries.
$2 million The huge pay gap between female and male physicians throughout their careers. According to a survey of 80,000 doctors, women earn 25% less than their male counterparts – and that figure adds up hugely over a lifetime.
27% Growth of women-owned businesses on LinkedIn during the pandemic, even as women left the workforce in record numbers. 💪💪💪