The Broadsheet: December 8th

December 8, 2014, 12:38 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Key elements of a story published in Rolling Stone about a malicious gang rape at The University of Virginia are now being called into question. Read on to hear Sheryl Sandberg’s latest call to action on gender bias in the workplace and to learn why little boys (not girls) might be the real mean kids at school. Happy Monday!


Rape in doubt? After Rolling Stone published a cover story detailing the gang rape of a freshman at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at UVA, the fraternity issued a statement denying the claims and highlighting inconsistencies in the story. In response, Rolling Stone editors issued an apology. Rather than question why reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely did not contact the accused rapists for their side of the story, the editors wrote that their trust in "Jackie," the anonymous woman making the rape claims, "was misplaced." They later clarified their apology, writing that the “mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie." Liz Securro, another woman who says she was also gang-raped at Phi Kappa Psi at UVA back in 1984, has written that casting doubt like this on rape cases is exactly why victims typically don't come forward in the first place. Time


Yes, gender bias exists. In the first of a four-part series about women in the workplace, Wharton professor Adam Grant and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explore the importance of openly discussing gender bias (unconscious or not) in the workplace. "To motivate women at work, we need to be explicit about our disapproval of the leadership imbalance as well as our support for female leaders," they write. NYTimes

YouTube CEO talks family. Susan Wojcicki, who is eight months pregnant with her fifth child, said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Maria Shriver that she is home for dinner every night no matter what. “I want people to realize that it really is okay, that you can have a family," she said. "I don't feel like I'm a perfect mom, and then there are times at work where I feel like maybe I wasn't perfect here because of constraints on my time."  Today

 Good talks ash. On 60 Minutes, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good spoke openly about the scandal that hit her company seven months into her tenure when at least 30,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River in North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory -- a former Duke Energy exec -- was quite negative on Good's response to the spill. For her part, Good dismissed criticism and maintained that there is no quick or easy solution to the problem despite an outcry from the public for Duke to rid North Carolina of the waste entirely. Charlotte Business Journal

Uber rape. The on-demand taxi company now valued at over $40 billion is dealing with a case in New Delhi where a customer is alleging that her driver raped her. Despite a statement from the company claiming that they go above and beyond local requirements for driver screening, the service is now banned from India's capital city. Fortune

Quotas won't work. "No matter how skilled or hardworking, women admitted to boards in order to fulfill a quota are unlikely to be seen as equals whose presence at the table is merited," writes Carrie Lukas, managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum.  NYTimes

'Break the cycle' “Millennial women are the worst” at financial literacy, said Kathy Murphy, president of personal investing at Fidelity Investments, during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. The finance exec encouraged members in the audience to "break the cycle" and teach their children to be financially savvy. Fortune


LinkedIn's Career Expert: Be passionate or lie

Admit it: Social media can be a little overwhelming.

With everyone from your boss to your competitors and everyone in between checking your LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed and Facebook page on a constant basis, there is a lot of pressure to self-promote. Yet despite the expectation to blog, tweet and 'like' as much as possible, who has the time to sit on social media all day?

During a breakout session at Fortune's MPW Next Gen Summit, about 100 rising women leaders tackled how time-strapped execs can most effectively use social media to promote themselves:

1. Be passionate or lie
It needs to come across immediately that you are interested and engaged in the work you are doing, said Nicole Williams, a career expert at LinkedIn. If you don't convey a true passion for your job and what you are doing on a daily basis, then no one is going to want to engage with you on social media in the first place. What if you're not passionate about work? Your options are simple, says Williams: Find a new job or lie about why you're passionate.

2. Pick your points
You can't be an expert at everything, and there isn't time to tweet, post and blog about all of the day's notable topics. A better strategy is to hone in of what is truly important to you, said Brandee Barker, a co-founder of tech PR firm Pramana Collective. Also, all of your "talking points" don't necessarily have to be about work. In fact, it's good to show your human side by showcasing your hobbies and interests outside of the office. Ask yourself what your big focus areas are and create a social identity around them.

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 The first should be the hardest. Sally Blount, the dean of the Kellogg School of Management, thinks that before we get more women into the C-suite, more young girls need to take demanding jobs right out of college. Working at BCG right after graduation taught her “grit” that she says was “instrumental to her career.”  Fortune

 Mean girls, revisited. A new study claims that it is young boys, not young girls, who are most likely to be both physically and emotionally aggressive toward their peers.  Time

 Einstein to Marie Curie: Ignore the haters. In 1911, Albert Einstein told Marie Curie to dismiss the critics who doubted her work. "If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated," he wrote in a letter. Policy Mic


Why do only 26 Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs?  Fortune

Cosmo and CoverGirl unite to ring in 2015  NYTimes

If Kate Middleton were a Disney princess  Time

The importance of straight talk  NYTimes

Work stress leads to stealing, lying and cheating  Businessweek

The woman shaping the future of wearables Fast Company


A father and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, 'I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.'

This popular brain teaser was used as the opener in Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg's piece in<em> the New York Times</em>. It pains me to admit that I couldn't figure out the answer right away -- can you? I'll include the answer in tomorrow's Broadsheet.