04 Oct Angela Merkel Wins, Silicon Valley Diversity Backlash, Megyn Kelly Debut
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Angela Merkel gets elected to a fourth term, Megyn Kelly’s show debuts, and we unveil our ranking of the Most Powerful Women in international business. Have a productive Monday.
• Sunlight is the best disinfectant? The New York Times‘ Nellie Bowles ruffled some feathers this weekend with a story headlined, “Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far.” The article aims to expose “a fringe element of men who say women are ruining the tech world,” and includes quotes from James Damore (author of the Google anti-diversity memo) and a host of Silicon Valley “men’s rights activists.”
One of the most infuriating passages in what is—let’s be a real—an infuriating story, quotes Jon Parsons, a lawyer representing two men who sued Yahoo for gender discrimination last year. He claims that the fact that women headed up teams such as cars is evidence that men were not getting a fair shake at the company. “No eyebrows are going to rise if a woman heads up fashion,” Parsons told the NYT. “But we’re talking about women staffing positions — things like autos — where it cannot be explained other than manipulation.”