– Signed, women CEOs. It’s been a week for CEO letters. Yesterday, 145 chief executives wrote to Congress, urging lawmakers to pursue gun reform measures like stricter background checks and tougher ‘red flag’ laws. Among the signatories are leaders The Broadsheet regularly covers—Laurene Powell Jobs, Arianna Huffington, and NextDoor’s Sarah Friar.
“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the letter says. “Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable. We need our lawmakers to support common-sense gun laws that could prevent tragedies like these.”
Another letter that got less attention was one that 46 female CEOs sent in response to Forbes’ list of most innovative CEOs that featured one woman out of 100 honorees.
Forbes, to its credit, has issued a mea culpa, with editor-in-chief Randall Lane tweeting, “We blew it,” and vowing to establish a task force to ensure such an occurrence doesn’t happen again.
Nevertheless, the female CEOs—including Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki, and designer Stella McCartney—published their statement, demanding that the list’s methodology be overhauled. They argue that their outrage isn’t just about inclusion and equality; “this is about economic imperative.”