Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Trump bows out of the next GOP debate, the woman behind #OscarsSoWhite responds to the Academy’s plans for reform, and an 11-year-old is my new hero. Enjoy your Wednesday.
• A Trump tantrum. Donald Trump’s campaign manager announced that Trump will “definitely not” participate in Thursday’s Fox News primary debate. The news comes in the midst of a fight the candidate is having with the network over host Megyn Kelly, who Trump believes is biased against him and wants barred from hosting the debate.
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• Hail, Mary. Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said that diversity on boards will be a priority for the SEC this year. Companies may need to share more information about their directors, including gender and race.
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• Tuning out. April Reign, the woman who created #OscarsSoWhite, writes about her reaction to the Academy’s plans to increase its membership diversity—and about why she still plans to boycott the Awards.
• In the driver’s seat. Meet Julia Steyn, the leader of GM’s new car-sharing service.
• Snow flakes. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ariz.) noticed something a little different in the Senate on Tuesday: She was one of the few lawmakers in the building following the weekend blizzard—and all of those who did show were women.
• #BlackGirlBoss. Tired of reading books whose protagonists were white boys, 11-year-old Marley Dias decided to launch #1000BlackGirlBooks, a drive to collect books where black girls “are the main characters.”
• Fail! A new study finds that student evaluations are systematically biased against female professors.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Twitter has hired longtime American Express exec Leslie Berland as its new chief marketing officer. Messaging app Snapchat has added Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles to its board.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Not so hot. Bikram Choudhury, founder of the popular hot yoga method, was ordered to pay more than $900,000 to Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, a lawyer who said she was fired for investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the guru.
• Jill on Hill. Jill Abramson writes that some young female voters are less than impressed by Hillary Clinton’s aim to shatter “that highest, hardest glass ceiling,”and want more from the candidate, asking, “Hillary, can you excite us?”
• Craving carbs? Weight Watchers shares spiked by around 20% after investor and spokeswoman Oprah Winfrey tweeted about losing 26 pounds on the program—while eating bread “every single day.”
• Can he loan you a brain? Aimee Kandrac, founder and CEO of WhatFriendsDo.com, writes about the egregious sexism she encountered while looking for funding. Among the most jaw-dropping: “Can’t your husband just give you a loan?”
• Duty calls. When Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) got called for jury duty, she had some fun tweeting about the banality of the selection process (what’s on TV in the waiting room, how much traffic the vending machines gets). Then, late in the day, a surprise: “Holy X@#*! I am on the jury.”
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|Watch or you’re sexist.|
| -- The tagline from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the first late-night satire show to be hosted by a woman |
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