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The Broadsheet: November 24th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Scotland’s new cabinet has an equal gender split, a disturbing new report outlines the severity of global violence against women and Tina Fey has moved her new show to Netflix. I’m Anne VanderMey, subbing in for Caroline Fairchild, who’s on vacation this week. Please e-mail me tips or feedback at and find me on Twitter here. Have a good Monday.


• Scotland’s new cabinet. Scotland’s head of government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announced a new cabinet with 50% women — a rare feat in global politics. Women hold just five of 22 cabinet-level positions in England, and three of 15 in the U.S. Sturgeon said she hoped that the move would set an example for other governments and the private sector.  The Guardian


Spotlight on global violence. Medical journal The Lancet has published a series of studies that finds violence against women and girls is a “global public health and clinical problem of epidemic proportions.” Among the disturbing findings are that more than 100 million women have undergone genital mutilation, while another three million girls per year in Africa are at risk for it. Time

• Fighting campus crime. Faculty and students at the University of Virginia wrote a scathing letter to school president Teresa Sullivan in response to a Rolling Stone investigation into on-campus sexual assault. “The extreme violence that was reported is shocking and demands an unequivocal response that we will not tolerate violence against our students,” they wrote. So far, 127 faculty members have signed it.  Slate

A new art record. Painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s masterpiece, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1″ has set a new auction record for the most expensive work of art by a woman. It sold for $44.4 million at Sotheby’s on Thursday — a huge sum, although still considerably less than the $142.4 million paid last year for a Francis Bacon triptych.  Fortune

• G.I. Janes. A Marine Corps experiment is taking place at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where women are undergoing training to prove they’re ready for the front lines. The results will be factored into Pentagon decision-making. “A lot of people think that we can’t do it,” said one women who was part of the test. “I don’t think the same.”  NPR

A different Bush in public service. Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, launched the non-profit Global Health Corps in 2008 to match young people (more than 100 so far) with global health organizations. Bush told Fortune that global public health efforts could use more expertise from the private sector.  Fortune


Tina Fey comes to Netflix. In some good news for binge-watching, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a new show from Tina Fey about a cult escapee, has moved from NBC to Netflix. The series, starring The Office actress Ellie Kemper, will debut in March.  Vox

Path to recovery. Former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords, completed a 12-mile bicycle ride over the weekend. Giffords is recovering from a critical gunshot wound to the head in 2011.  USA Today


Kellogg B-school dean: Confidence (often) trumps intelligence   Fortune

Nancy Teeters, first woman on Federal Reserve Board, dies at 84  Bloomberg

Inside the fight to raise hotel worker wages  NYTimes

Why hard work won’t get you to the C-suite  Fortune

Bill Nye: Half of scientists should be women  Bloomberg


There’s a huge role corporations can play. They can reach so many more people, and their employees have skill sets so necessary for global health, such as in IT, supply chain management, and communications—if you’re trying to reach half a million women in rural areas, you need someone who understands communications.

Barbara Bush talks to <em>Fortune</em> about improving global health.