Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Oregon gets a new governor, Snapchat takes over Fashion Week (next: the world) and Barbie finally has something to say. Oh, and it’s also my first day filling in on The Broadsheet. Kristen Bellstrom (@kayelbee) officially takes over on March 9, but ‘til then please send tips, comments and complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A first in politics. Democrat Kate Brown became the country’s first openly bisexual governor yesterday, stepping up from her position as Oregon’s secretary of state. She replaces John Kitzhaber, who recently resigned after being hit with criminal and ethical investigations into business deals involving his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. Brown is no stranger to milestones: In 2004, she became Oregon’s first woman to serve as Senate majority leader.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Twitter’s plan not to “suck” anymore. Del Harvey, head of Twitter’s trust and safety team, talked to The Wall Street Journal about the company’s efforts to deal with the rampant abuse and harassment that takes place on its network. Her team is implementing a number of barriers to abusive behavior, hoping “to make people pause and think about what they’re doing.”
• Slowly but not so surely. Women are seeing a small bump in their representation among law firm partners. In 2013, women made up 20.22% of partners. In 2014, that number inched a tiny bit higher to 21.05%.
• Bringing home the bacon. Duke Energy, led by CEO Lynn Good, announced that it would bring $2.7 billion currently held offshore back to the U.S. over the next seven years. The money will be used for initiatives like investing in the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
• Barbie finds her voice. Mattel introduces Hello Barbie, a new line of Barbies that can listen to spoken words — and actually respond. The Barbies require WiFi and retail for $74.99.
• Fashion may be ephemeral, but Snapchat is here to stay. On the heels of a rumored $19 billion valuation, Snapchat is becoming the unofficial social network of Fashion Week. Lucky Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen and Refinery29 vice president of editorial strategy Neha Gandhi are just a couple of the women talking up Snapchat. “Everyone gets to take a look around and honestly share it,” Gandhi told Bloomberg. “There’s transparency in Snapchat.”
• It’s hard out there for a soup. Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morisson yesterday blamed her company’s sagging profits on a “mounting distrust of so-called Big Food, the large food companies and legacy brands on which millions of consumers have relied on for so long.”
• “They just get it.” On stage at the Code/Media conference, Chelsea Handler explained why she chose to bring her new comedy show to Netflix instead of a TV network: More creative control.
• MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Marcia Christ, Ogilvy & Mather’s former creative director, was named president and CEO of mom-focused crowdfunding portal MsGenuity.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Girls might run the world, but they don’t run Greece. As Greek officials continue debt negotiations with their European creditors, women remain on the sidelines of the country’s politics. “It’s still a male-dominated society,” says Anastasia Giamali, a Greek journalist and regional politician. “It’s hard for a woman to be involved in high-end politics, because a woman must be a mother, must be working, must take care of the whole family more than a man would in Greece.”
• Why are we giving Biden a pass? At Tuesday’s swearing in of new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Vice President Joe Biden rubbed Carter’s wife’s shoulders and whispered in her ear. It wasn’t the first time he has been “handsy” with a woman. His behavior, and the media’s acceptance of it, “is shameful,” says writer Karol Markowicz.
• Red carpet grooming: Not just for women. The global market for men’s grooming products is valued at $19 billion. Professional polisher Diana Schmidtke talked to Fortune about what it’s like putting makeup on some of Hollywood’s most handsome faces.
• What about Sally? AMC yesterday released promo stills from Mad Men‘s upcoming final seven episodes. While Megan Draper’s bare midriff is getting most of the attention, I’ve got my eye on Sally. Will she continue her wild, cigarette-smoking, funeral-ditching, hair-cutting ways? Fingers crossed that one good, long heart-to-heart with Betty can undo all those years of absentee parenting.
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