Hello, Broadsheet readers! Women run global economic organizations, FTC blocks P&G acquisition of Billie, and Harvey Weinstein walls crumble. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
– Demonstration day. The dismantling of the empire of Harvey Weinstein took years, and a little piece of it, a Weinstein Company office in Tribeca, got a makeover last month. The demolition was managed – rather appropriately – by a team led by women.
Emma has a new story this morning about Barbara Kavovit (yes, from Real Housewives of New York fame) who runs Evergreen Construction, the company that handled the work. Kavovit says she won the job promising women would work on the project. And she went on to hire female-led contractors from Mikoma Electric and Alba Demolition while she worked with Keri Mate from architecture firm Design Republic.
Together, the team stripped the office, which housed the disgraced film producer and convicted rapistThe company’s production company, removing its private rooms and turning it into an open space with natural light.
For Kavovit, who is an anomaly in the male-dominated construction field, the work had added meaning. She says she has “had a lot of Harveys” in her life.
“I felt a sense of triumph, closure and rebuilding to improve it. It was a change for me that as a women-owned company we were hired to demolish Harvey Weinstein’s offices, ”she said. “I had a permanent smile on my face as I watched each wall crumble. I took a hammer and started hitting the walls.
It is a symbolic way of breaking the patriarchy.
You can read Emma’s full story here.
Today’s Broadsheet was organized by Emma Hinchliffe.