Working after hours kills your productivity

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happly Power Women Week! You probably know if you follow along Forbes” social media accounts that we launched the 20th annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world on Tuesday. Today’s coverage continues with the publication of my exclusive interview with Melinda French Gates, the billionaire philanthropist who ranks 10th on this year’s list.

French Gates and I talked about the state of women’s power in 2023 (“We’re not far enough in the world yet,” she told me) and how the cure for the gaps lies in better solutions and policies around our global care crisis . “We still expect women to do the unpaid work on which our societies and our economies are built,” she said.

For all the details that went into the piece — which I recommend you read in full here — there were a few quotes that didn’t make it into the final version. So, I want to leave you with an anecdote shared by French Gates, which for me serves as a reminder of why it’s so important to keep talking about funding women entrepreneurs and keep looking for solutions that can help more women around the world to start more companies.

“I spoke to a grandmother in West Africa who had a bird business and she said, ‘Now that I have this bird business, men come to me for loans. Boy, does everyone look at me differently!” she said. “So money is power, no matter where you are in the world – and women know it.”

Cheers to that!


Exclusive Forbes profile: How Halsey went from music star to makeup mogul

Helsey knows that fans don’t always know what she looks like — and that’s on purpose. The core of the singer’s famous chameleon behavior: the makeup. “I do my own makeup, and I started doing it out of necessity,” says Halsey, who uses the pronouns she/them and was born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. “I had a real motivation to make products, frankly, that would just work for me, but I couldn’t find on the market.” That passion and experience led beauty industry veterans Jeanne Chavez and Dineh Mohajer to found Hard Candy, a popular cosmetics brand three decades ago, to approach Halsey in 2019 to create a new makeup line. In 2022, Halsey says the company will have earned $50 million in revenue.

ICYMI: News of the week

Harvard President Claudine Gay hit back Wednesday at mounting criticism of the Ivy League institution’s response to escalating protests criticizing Israel, saying some people “have confused the right to free expression with the idea that Harvard would condone calls for violence against Jewish students,” while college tensions rise campuses and while Gay faces calls from several Republican lawmakers and billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman to resign.

Ardith Lindsaymanaging director in Citigroup’s Electronic Markets Divisionsued the bank, claiming it suffered sexual harassment and sexual assault in an environment where women are regularly objectified. Before 2022, all such cases at Citigroup would have gone to arbitration, but a recent federal law allows victims of sexual harassment and assault to have their voices heard in court.

To Brenda Lee a holiday classic “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” finally reached the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, breaking many records for the 78-year-old singer’s 1958 release and dethroning perennial holiday leader, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey in a heated battle in the charts.

This week we learned that two of the the highest-grossing films of the year can thank the foresight of Margot Robbie for their parallel success after the actress rejected “Oppenheimer” producer Charles Roven’s request to move the release date of her hit “Barbie” — thus making room for “Barbenheimer” viral phenomenon.

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) consider a running for president of a third partyshe told multiple media outlets Monday, but only if she’s sure it won’t draw votes from President Joe Biden and help elect former President Donald Trump, against whom she plans to campaign, regardless of whether her own name is in the the ballot.

The checklist

1. Stop answering after hours. New data from the Slack Workforce Lab shows that employees who feel obligated to work after “normal” hours also tend to be less productive. Extra tip: The study also found that desk workers reported a “golden hair zone” of four hours a day as the ideal time for focused work.

2. Weed out microaggressions in your company. We know from research that despite their name, microaggressions can have a macro impact on employees’ well-being and sense of belonging. Here are the best strategies for ridding your workplace of this behavior.

3. Bring emotion to the boardroom. Vulnerability is strength—and when leaders share personal challenges, insecurities, or even failures, it creates an openness that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

The test

According to StubHub ticket sales for 2023, new billionaire Taylor Swift and three other artists surpassed last year’s top 10 performers by more than three times. Who was it no one of the best selling women?

  1. Adele
  2. Doja Cat
  3. Beyonce
  4. Pink

Check your answer.

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