The Broadsheet: November 26th

November 26, 2014, 12:48 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Meg Whitman had a tough quarter, Barbie is no longer girls’ favorite toy and the Department of Defense won’t get its first female chief after all. I‘m Anne VanderMey, subbing in for Caroline Fairchild, who will be back from vacation on Monday. Please e-mail me tips or feedback at and find me on Twitter here. The Broadsheet will be off for the rest of the week, returning after the holiday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!


 Barbie iced out. Merchandise from the movie Frozen is expected to be the top seller for girls this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. It would be the first time that Barbie hasn't held the No. 1 spot since the NRF started keeping track 11 years ago.   Fortune


 HP's bad quarter. Hewlett-Packard missed Wall Street expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter, reporting diminished revenue and income from the previous year. CEO Meg Whitman remained upbeat in a call with investors on Tuesday, saying that the company is now stable. "When you consider from whence we came, it's pretty good," she said.  Fortune

Not just for white guys. Last month Marvel announced a new movie, Captain Marvel, with a female lead—part of a broader attempt to reach a more diverse audience, including women. In the past year alone, the comics giant has launched 13 new comics series, an ABC show and an Instagram account—all starring female heroes.  Fortune

 Fluornoy out of DoD contention. Michèle Fluornoy, a front-runner to succeed Chuck Hagel and become America's first female Secretary of Defense, withdrew her name from consideration on Tuesday.  Fortune

 Scandal management. Judy Smith, the real-life inspiration for the character of Olivia Pope on ABC's hit show Scandal, gave Fortune’s Pattie Sellers her best advice for people and corporations in crisis. "Above all else, protect your brand," she says. "If you or your company doesn’t live up to your brand’s promise, own up to your error.”  Fortune

 Victim blaming. In an extremely bizarre public service announcement, a Hungarian police department released a four-minute video urging women not to flirt or get drunk, lest they attract predators.  Atlantic

Trouble in Bollywood. Even A-list actresses in India sometimes receive only a tenth of the compensation of their male co-stars, a disparity that's prompting more women in the industry to agitate for equal pay.  AP

From the MPW co-chairs. A Manhattan boutique owner (and MPW Next Gen Summit speaker) created the buzzy, offbeat shop STORY—a new take on immersive retail that, as she tells Fortune's Leigh Gallagher, is now is partnering with some of the biggest names in business.  Fortune


Breaking records. Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers-Taylor made winter sports history by becoming the first women to win medals in an international four-person bobsled competition, historically an all-male sport.  WaPo

Talking turkey. Jen Ehresmann is the director of marketing at Jennie-O Turkey Store, making her one of the most senior women in the $18 billion-a-year turkey industry. Thanksgiving is their big day, but they also have to sell the birds all year round. To help, says Ehresmann, "Our most recent TV spot focuses on a better taco, made with Jennie-O lean ground turkey."  Fortune

Advice from MPW Insiders. "Go (and stay) where you are celebrated," Hill Holliday VP Tracy Brady tells Fortune. "When you’re happy at work, you’re a better worker—not to mention a better mother, wife, colleague and friend."  Fortune


UVA may extend ban on fraternities due to rape allegations  Daily Worth

How women found their voice in Ferguson LA Times

San Francisco passes first-ever retail worker 'bill of rights'  Fortune

The hard data on being a nice boss  HBR

Norway is a paragon of gender equality (except for its banks)  Bloomberg

The brutal triple murder that sparked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  Time


Together, we must end this global disgrace,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at a ceremony in New York this week to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.