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Women's Equality Activist Lilly Ledbetter and Axios Executive Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Thursday afternoon Axios hosted a conversation at UPenn on gender parity and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Why it matters: Students heard from business leaders and women's equality activist Lilly Ledbetter, learning how everyone plays a role in making the workplace both fair and inclusive.

Alan Patricof, Venture Capitalist
Venture Capitalist Alan Patricof speaks with Axios Markets Reporter Courtenay Brown and Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Alan Patricof, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of venture capital firm Greycroft, discussed how he approaches hiring in an industry notorious for its lack of gender and racial diversity.

  • "We have a very open-minded hiring policy. We just hire the best people. We don't have quotas we're trying to establish," said Patricof, who has started two VC firms where the first hire of each was a woman.

Editor's note: Greycroft is an investor in Axios.

Samantha Saperstein, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Executive
JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Samantha Saperstein in conversation with Axios Senior Vice President Ali Rubin. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

As the head of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Women on the Move initiative, Samantha Saperstein spoke about what companies can and should do to overcome institutionalized gender bias.

  • Women on the Move "helps female owned small businesses get access to capital ... and helps female consumers improve their financial health and savviness. We see women say they don't have the confidence to manage their finances but often they're CFOs of their own households."
  • The 30-5-1 rule. JPMorgan Chase & Co. encourages everyone to spend "30-minutes a week with an up-and-coming woman, 5 minutes talking to another woman about a recent accomplishment she had, and 1 minute talking to someone else about that great woman's accomplishment."
  • Using data. "We're very data driven. It allows us to make the business case for diversity."
Steph Korey, Entrepreneur
Away Co-Founder and CEO Steph Korey and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Steph Korey, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of the hit direct-to-consumer travel company Away, told us about her experience growing a disruptive brand and what advice she has to women looking to breakthrough.

  • Away's reasoning and approach to female mentorship: "I think women have historically been conditioned to not ask for things or to not ask for help ... when men tend to advocate for themselves more. [At Away] we make a concerted effort to mentor and sponsor women across the company who have that leadership potential."
  • The importance of voicing your accomplishments. "You're not doing yourself or the company a favor by not making the company aware of the great job you're doing. You won't get more responsibilities and opportunities that are ultimately good for you and the business."
If you're not failing, you're not swinging big enough.
— Steph Korey, CEO & Co-Founder of Away
Lilly Ledbetter, Women's Equality Activist
Activist Lilly Ledbetter and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first bill President Obama signed into law. It took 11 years from the time Ledbetter filed her initial gender discrimination complaint against Goodyear for her to get retribution. She joined us to tell her story.

  • "I received an anonymous note telling me I was being paid 40% less than my male counterparts for doing the exact same job ... I was just humiliated," said Ledbetter, who then filed a complaint that eventually made it to the Supreme Court. Her case was shot down, but Justice Ginsberg's powerful dissent spurred Congress to enact the the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act two years later.
There are still so many trails out there for you to blaze.
— Lilly Ledbetter, Women's Equality Activist

Thank you JPMorgan Chase & Co. for sponsoring this event

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New coronavirus cases fall by 20%

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections continued their sharp decline over the past week, and are now back down to pre-Thanksgiving levels.

The big picture: Given the U.S.’ experience over the past year, it can be hard to trust anything that looks like good news, without fearing that another shoe is about to drop. But the U.S. really is doing something right lately. Cases are way down, vaccinations are way up, and that’s going to save a lot of lives.

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California surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

A man prepares a funeral arrangement in in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 12. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Facebook bans Myanmar military

A protester holds a placard with a three-finger salute in front of a military tank parked aside the street in front of the Central Bank building during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform.

The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive protests to erupt throughout the country. Military leaders have been using internet blackouts to try to maintain power in light of the coup.