Author: Emily Peck

Don’t Fool Yourself, Men Are Still Overwhelmingly In Charge

THE HUFFINGTON POST The idea that women are on equal footing in the business world is a joke, and here’s how you know: Just 8 percent of CEOs for Fortune 100 companies are women, and that’s down from 9 percent last year, according to a new analysis from executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles. Put another way, there are eight female CEOs and 92 male CEOs in the Fortune 100. The average age is 59; they are overwhelmingly white. Somehow, it’s even worse in Europe. Women lead 6 percent of the top 100 companies in the U.K., 2 percent...

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Bill O’Reilly’s Viewers Still See Him Favorably, Despite Sex Harassment Claims

THE HUFFINGTON POST An overwhelming majority of Bill O’Reilly’s viewers still approve of the controversial Fox News pundit despite a rising tide of sexual harassment allegations against him, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey conducted over the weekend. Slightly more than 85 percent of Americans polled who sometimes or regularly watch “The O’Reilly Factor” say they’re aware of the recent controversy surrounding its host. Earlier this month, a New York Times investigation revealed that five women who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior over the past 15 years received a combined $13 million to settle their claims. The alleged...

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CEOs Must Take A Stand On Donald Trump Or Pay The Price

Mild and jargon-laden statements from U.S. businesses don’t cut it in the Trump era. Employees, customers and activists want business leaders to pick a side. That became increasingly clear over the past week, as businesses grappled with President Donald Trump’s executive order placing new restrictions on immigrants and refugees. There doesn’t seem to be one company actually in favor of the order, which suspends all refugee resettlement for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely and suspends travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Indeed, more than 230 companies ― from Coca Cola to Starbucks to Goldman Sachs ― put out statements opposing it. Yet even companies and CEOs who spoke out or raised objections to the policy found themselves targeted by demonstrations, boycotts and petitions. Any sign you are willing to work with Trump can put you in protesters’ crosshairs. Activists called for a boycott of the Washington-based hoagie chain Taylor Gourmet and labeled its co-founder, Casey Patten, a fascist collaborator after he attended a White House ceremony on small business last week. Patten said he urged Trump to consider his 300-plus workers, more than half of whom are immigrants or the children of immigrants. “My political views don’t lean to one side or another,” he told The Washington Post. Tip: If you like having customers, maybe *don’t* collaborate with a fascist regime that opposes our human rights. Ta ta, @TaylorGourmet! 👋 — Vail...

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Kellyanne Conway Used to Complain about Donald Trump

  Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, put up with sexual harassment and assault when she was starting out in politics, she tells Cosmopolitan magazine. “I encountered all kinds of sexism,” Conway tells Cosmo’s Kristen Mascia in a story published on Tuesday. “The most extreme examples were unwanted sexual advances. Always by older men, often in positions of power, with some fancy title before their name and an R or a D after it.” The candid remarks, while not directly addressing the behavior of her boss, explain a lot more about the 50-year-old’s views on Trump than anything she’s actually said about him or more generally about feminism and women. Conway, like many women who voted for Trump, seems to view harassment as just an unfortunate thing that men do and women tolerate. Her personal story goes a long way in helping explain why 53 percent of white women voters overlooked Trump’s controversial history with women and elected him into power. The president’s adviser explains she never protested about sexual assault when she was starting out in the 1990s, noting that no one called it that back then. “[I]t would be embarrassing to the twentysomething or thirtysomething-year-old girl to try to make some federal case out of somebody who was in a huge position of power,” she says. “You’d rather just pretend it didn’t happen, that it was...

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Here’s One Progressive Cause That Might Not Wither In The Trump Era

WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and the sudden real possibility of a registry for Muslims scares Jacob Feinspan. He’s executive director of Jews United for Justice, a local advocacy group. Jewish people have seen this before, he said at an event here earlier this week. He didn’t need to explain further. Yet for all the uncertainty and fear Trump is bringing to town, Feinspan was feeling kind of upbeat. With pushing from his group, part of the DC Paid Family Leave Coalition, the District is poised to pass one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. The measure would give desperately needed paid time off to new parents and those who need to care for sick relatives ― and it stands to benefit the city’s lowest-income workers more than any other group. “It feels like everything is at risk and the sky is falling,” Feinspan said at an event where advocates for paid parental and sick leave gathered. “But we have huge opportunities to do something game changing.” At a time when so many progressive causes ― climate change, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, abortion rights ― seem at risk, paid parental leave and its sibling benefit, the even more popular paid sick leave, are turning out to be somewhat bright spots in the new Trump era. In 2016 alone, 14 states, cities and counties passed...

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Megyn Kelly: 2016 Election Shows Women Have ‘A Long Way To Go’

The presidential election sent a clear message to women and it wasn’t good, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly tells The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. “There were a few themes that came out of 2016, and one of them is, as women, we have a long way to go, a long way to go,” Kelly told Times columnist Jim Rutenberg. “There is a tolerance for some considerable level of sexism and in some corners — let me underscore I’m not referring to Trump specifically, just what we saw this year — even misogyny.” Ever since Kelly came out swinging in the first GOP debate, asking Donald Trump about his record of degrading comments about women, the Fox anchor, who is currently renegotiating her contract for a reported $20 million, has become a somewhat unlikely feminist voice during this bitter election year. She’s making the rounds now to promote her memoir, Settle for More. The book includes explosive allegations of sexual harassment against her former boss, Roger Ailes. Kelly claims Ailes sexually propositioned her and tried to threaten her job. She says she complained to others at Fox and the behavior stopped. In a statement, Ailes vehemently denied those charges. The anchor was instrumental this summer in getting Ailes ousted from his job after other women at the network came forward with their own harassment allegations. Harassment allegations may...

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What Donald Trump Really Meant When He Said ‘Nasty Woman

Bitch. He meant bitch. Possibly cunt. Perhaps witch. Toward the end of Wednesday’s third ― and blessedly final ― presidential debate, Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton’s comments about social security to call her a “nasty woman.” It was a tacky, hostile and personal insult, but for Trump, it was actually a euphemism of sorts. Women around the world instantly knew what he was really saying. After all, “Trump that Bitch” is one of his supporters’ most popular slogans. Calling Clinton a bitch has been a standard practice for Hillary haters for months. Of course, Clinton’s been a “bitch” for years ― as writer Andi Zeisler pointed out in The New York Times last month ― for changing her last name, for saying she’d rather work than bake cookies, for daring to reform the health care system, for existing. Let’s be clear why the word is so despicable: Bitch is a gendered slur, meant to shame and silence women who dare speak up for themselves. Trump knows all about it, having publicly called former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice a bitch in a speech in 2006. I really think Trump deserves some credit for saying “nasty woman” when he clearly wanted to say “c*nt.” That took real courage. — Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) October 20, 2016 Every woman who was still sitting through that painful exchange Wednesday night knew what Trump...

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Trump’s ‘Locker Room’ Defense Is The Excuse You’d Expect From A Child

Donald Trump stood there Sunday night and essentially shrugged off his abhorrent comments about sexually assaulting women. Instead of anything like true remorse, Trump offered what amounts to a “boys will be boys” defense. He also tried to wave a shiny distraction before voters in the form of Bill Clinton, as though someone else’s track record on women was relevant to his own. This strategy should not be taken seriously. It’s the adult equivalent of a teenager staring at the wreckage of his car and telling his parents that everyone else was drinking and driving ― so it’s OK for him, too. “It’s locker room talk and it’s one of those things,” Trump told debate moderator Anderson Cooper on Sunday, echoing a tepid non-apology he’d released late on Friday as horrified reaction to his 2005 comments spread across the web. “You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women — do you understand that?” Cooper asked. No, Trump said. After Cooper pressed him, Trump said he never engaged in the behavior he boasted about. In fact, growing numbers of women have accused him of exactly that ― kissing and groping them without their consent. PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk. — Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) October 10, 2016 Before the debate began, Trump even convened a press conference featuring women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault. But...

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