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May 27, 2016

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Kamala Harris hopes to be the second black woman to win a U.S. Senate seat, GitHub releases its diversity stats, and men aren’t the only people harassing women on Twitter. Enjoy your long weekend—I know I will! The Broadsheet will return on Tuesday.

EVERYONE'S TALKING

 Getting the goods on GitHub. Fortune's Michal Lev-Ram has the details on GitHub's first-ever report on the gender and ethnicity of its workforce. Gender diversity is a particularly fraught issue for the tech startup, which made headlines in 2014 when a female engineer quit, saying she'd been subjected to two years of sexism and harassment (GitHub investigated and says it found no illegal activity). The numbers show that GitHub has made some progress in hiring women—36% of it's employees are female, up from 21% two years ago. The same can't be said for minorities, unfortunately: Only 2% of GitHub workers are black, and not a single one of those employees holds a management role. As CEO Chris Wanstrath says in his blog post on the stats: That's unacceptable.  Fortune

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

 Top cop for Congress. Kamala Harris, California's attorney general, is running for U.S. Senate—a complicated undertaking for a law enforcement professional at a time when many voters are pushing for policing and justice system reform. If elected, she would only be the second black woman to land a U.S. Senate seat. New York Times

 Breaking the code? Writing for Fortune, Tory Hoen takes on Wednesday's New York Times story proclaiming "the end of the office dress code." Noting the lack of working women's voices in the Times' story, Hoen writes that the idea that personal expression is going to trump corporate identity misses the point: "Many women just want to dress simply and efficiently so that they can get on with their actual work." Fortune

 If you don't have something nice to Tweet... A UK think-tank looked at abusive Twitter messages using the words "slut" and "whore," and found that about half of them were sent by women. However, some counseled against reading too much into the research, noting that the real scope of online harassment goes far beyond those two terms.

 Singled out. Yet another reason we need to close the gender pay gap: A new analysis finds that single women's homes are worth less, and appreciate more slowly, than those of single men. Fortune

 Keep your kisses. Inspired by the unwanted kiss that Fiat heir Lapo Elkann planted on Uma Thurman at an amfAR gala last week, Slate's Christina Cauterucci takes a look back at other incidents in which women have received unwelcome sexual attention on a very public stage.  Slate

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Alkermes has appointed Nancy Snyderman to the company's board. Dr. Snyderman most recently served as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News. Healthcare software and services company Remedy Partners named Carolyn Magill as CEO. Jana Messerschmidt, who runs global business development at Twitter, is reportedly leaving the company.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

A bloody mess. More bad news at Theranos. (How many times have I typed that phrase?) Elizabeth Holmes' embattled blood-testing startup, which is already facing intense regulatory scrutiny, is now the subject of a consumer fraud class action lawsuit.  Fortune

 The 20 week trend. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law blocking women from having abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Abortion bans at 20 weeks are now in place in 13 states. Time

 It pleases the court. Fish & Richardson partner Katherine Vidal has partnered with women's networking organization ChIPs and the Federal Circuit Bar Association to launch Next Generation Lawyers, a website that compiles opportunities for young lawyers to get in-courtroom experience. The Recorder

 Ta-ta, tampon tax! New York is poised to become the sixth state to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from its state sales tax. Fortune

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Correction: In yesterday's newsletter, I misidentified Gov. Susana Martinez. She is, of course, the governor of New Mexico. Apologies.

ON MY RADAR

What first class travel says about gender inequality  Motto

Senate passes equal pay resolution for soccer players  Huffington Post

We sold feminism to the masses and now it means nothing  Quartz

Anti-abortion groups send targeted ads to women in Planned Parenthood clinics  Fortune

Final Thought....

Unless you're Native American we are all from immigrant families.
-- Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas, who was heckled and booed after speaking Spanish and criticizing Donald Trump during a commencement speech at California State University, Fullerton. New York Times

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