Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Facebook, LinkedIn, the Anita Borg Institute and Lean In are partnering up, and a divorce court questions whether CEOs come into power because of skill or luck. Read on to learn why it’s a good thing that the lead product manager of Google Maps is terrible with directions. Have a great start to your week!
• Changing the game. Facebook, LinkedIn, the Anita Borg Institute and Lean In on Friday announced a partnership to get more women into computer science and engineering. “Our aim is to give young women a support structure to help them navigate the important turning points and decisions of their university and early professional careers,” writes LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the new initiative. Meanwhile, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is heralding the effort as an opportunity to “change the numbers, change the stereotypes, and change the world.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Get me a coffee. Speaking of leaning in, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant came out with their third New York Times article on the topic of women at work. This time the duo tackles the topic of “office housework,” which women tend to do at a higher rate than men. “Someone has to take notes, serve on committees and plan meetings — and just as happens with housework at home, that someone is usually a woman,” they write, adding “For women, the most important change starts with a shift in mind-set: If we want to care for others, we also need to take care of ourselves.”
• Record low. After the CEO of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, Maria das Gracas Foster, stepped down last week amid a growing corruption scandal, another powerful woman in Brazil is feeling the heat. President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating is at a record low as a scandal involving bribery and corrupt police officials continues to escalate.
• Skill or luck? Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm, last month rejected a check for nearly $975 million that would have ended more than 2 years of divorce proceedings. She wants more money. Now, Hamm is trying to deny her claim by exploiting a loophole in divorce law. He is arguing that his wealth came largely from forces outside his control, as opposed to talent, and therefore his wife is not entitled to any more of it. Well, I guess we just found out one way to get a man to give up his ego.
• One isn’t enough. On 60 Minutes last night, Selma director Ava DuVernay said that it takes more than one woman directing a major film to encourage real change. “I can open a door, but if there’s no one coming through it or if the door is allowed to close right after me, it doesn’t mean much,” she said. She added that she wasn’t upset that she didn’t get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director because she “never thought it would happen anyway.”
• ‘Food is really personal.’ In the latest issue of Cooking Light, First Lady Michelle Obama talks about the need to change American eating habits and her memories of her mom cooking for her while she was growing up. “Change is hard for anybody. And when you’re talking about food, food is really personal. So when you’re telling people to rethink their dietary habits that they’ve lived with all their lives, it’s really personal.”
• ‘I will not forget my sisters.’ Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai calls on the public to not forget about the Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram last year and remain missing. “If these girls were the children of politically or financially powerful parents, much more would be done to free them. But they come from an impoverished area of northeast Nigeria and sadly little has changed since they were kidnapped.”
Meet the woman behind Google Maps
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Google Maps, the revolutionary navigation product that changed the way we all think about getting from A to B.
Back in 2005, Google Maps was simply a way for users to get basic directions. Since, it’s aggressively evolved and the product now allows Googlers to pinpoint what coffee shops are down the road from their offices as easily as they can explore the pyramids of Egypt.
Amanda Leicht Moore joined the Google Maps team as an intern in 2007. Today, she’s the division’s lead product manager. To celebrate the 10th birthday of a product that helps so many lost users find their bearings, I talked with Moore about what’s in store for Google Maps’ future.
Remind us what the world of navigation looked like before Google Maps came out.
It’s kind of crazy, 10 years ago before Google Maps came out, people were really reliant on paper maps and guide books. Anytime you went to a new place, you had to stop at the gas station and buy [a map]. Now, everyone has a map of the world in their pocket and you are never truly lost. It fundamentally changes how people think about exploring their world and moving about.
Given gender stereotypes around women being bad at directions, do you find that people are surprised that you are a woman?
To be honest, I really do have a terrible sense of direction, but I feel that is an asset. I need to use my product all the time. I rely on Google Maps to not be lost, so that is actually a huge benefit. (Laughs)
10 years from today, where do you think Google Maps will be?
It’s really interesting to see how maps have evolved–from just showing you a map and you having to parse through the map and get the information out of it to [a product] that really helps you understand the world. We are going to see more of that, where we can tell you how to go to a place and you don’t even have to look it up. In 10 years, I don’t even know if we’ll have smartphones so it’s kind of hard to imagine. I hope 10 years from now we can definitively say that we completely solved the problem of ever getting lost.
To read the full interview with Moore, click here.
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Fortune asked our MPW Insider Network for the one piece of advice all Millennials should take before entering the workforce. Here are three of my favorite responses.
• Go all out. When you’re in your 20s and just starting your career, it’s important to continually challenge yourself and offer as much as you can to your team, says Clara Shih, the founder and CEO of Hearsay Social and a Starbucks board member. “Investing $100 today creates much more value than investing $100 a decade from now. The same rings true for your time, energy and focus.”
• Be patient and persistent. Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of USA, says Millennials needs to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and to apply that lesson to their careers. “You may not find your perfect career path immediately, but if you follow your passions and persevere, your chances of landing somewhere exciting and fulfilling are so much greater.”
• Get your rookie on. To stand out at work, Liz Wiseman, president of Wiseman Group, suggests Millenials operate with “rookie smarts” by being willing to take constructive criticism and owning their ignorance. “Don’t pretend to be an expert when you’re not. Tell people you are a rookie, but then learn quickly.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• ‘I never saw a woman’s face.’ When Jodie Foster started in show business as a young girl, it was very uncommon to see other women around. “Sometimes it would be a lady who played my mom. Occasionally, it would be a makeup artist, but most often it would really just be me and the script supervisor. Little by little, as time went on, a few female faces came onto crews, and it changed everything.”
• Amal heads to Egypt. Amal Clooney has requested a meeting with Egypt’s president in an effort to release her client, Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, from jail. About a year ago, Fahmy and two of his colleagues were arrested and imprisoned for “spreading false news.”
• Scented credit cards? To tap into a growing market of affluent women in the Gulf region, Islamic banks are marketing perfumed credit cards that come with a bottle of perfume and have a place to hold the fragrance. Here is what that looks like.
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