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The Broadsheet: December 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Hillary Clinton wants to spearhead a “gender data revolution,” and Bill Cosby’s wife has come forward with a UVA-referencing statement on the sexual assault allegations against her husband. Read on to hear Malala Yousafzai’s response to the heartbreaking news of a school shooting in Pakistan.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Malala speaks out on school attack. On Tuesday, more than 126 people, mostly school children, were killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school, according to local officials. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and a Nobel Prize winner, said in a statement that she is “heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.” Time

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• ‘Who is the victim?’ On Monday, Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, released a statement regarding the mounting sexually assault accusations against her husband. Camille linked Bill’s situation to the assault scandal at UVA, writing that “the story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue.”  Despite her assertion, the case at UVA has not been proven to be true or untrue. Camille ended her statement by challenging the definition of a victim in these cases: “None of us will ever want to be in a position of attacking a victim. But the question should be asked – who is the victim?”  Time

• Did Warren pick the wrong fight? Although Sen. Elizabeth Warren strongly opposed a measure in the latest spending bill that weakens the Dodd-Frank Act, the “big victory” for banks is not as major as it may initially seem, writes Fortune’s Stephen Gandel.  Fortune

• ‘It’s in my heritage.’ Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said that her inspiration for setting the federal agenda for 23 million small businesses starts with her grandmother. “She came as a migrant worker [with my grandfather]. They worked to serve here and then to serve in their home country. She had little businesses: she’d sell dairy products, she’d sell whatever she could get her hands on,” she said. Fortune

• Will more women economists lead to a stronger economy? Although women like Janet Yellen and Christine Lagarde have broken through the glass ceiling atop international finance, men still outnumber women in economics majors by nearly 3 to 1. “Maybe it’s time to study whether female voices at the top can help strengthen the fundamentals of a nation’s economy,” writes Fortune’s Nina Easton.  Fortune

Expanded code. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the tech gender gap, is expanding its summer immersion program from 19 sessions with 375 girls to 60 sessions reaching 1,200 girls. Tech Crunch

• NYT partners with Women in the World. The New York Times Co. announced a multi-year agreement with Tina Brown’s Women in the World to produce the Women in the World Summit series.  NYTimes

• Resume update: Caterina Fake, the co-founder of Flickr, is stepping down as chair of Etsy’s board of directors. She will be succeeded by Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson.

BROADVIEW

Hillary Clinton spurs ‘gender data revolution’

There’s not much news in Hillary Clinton getting on a stage to champion women and girls. The former First Lady turned former Secretary of State turned presumptive presidential candidate has consistently made the economic progress of women a priority. Yet after years of seeing her efforts met with mostly indifference, Clinton is perfecting her approach.

Data2X, an initiative introduced by Clinton in 2012, announced six new partnerships to aggregate better data and advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. An initiative led by the United Nations Foundation with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, Data2x provides a platform for global leaders to foster greater collaboration on the topic of gender data in global development. Complete gender data around the world on key topics remains limited, and Data2x is focused on partnering with organizations like the International Labour Organization and the World Bank to create a full picture of the lives of women and girls. Moreover, without the right data, Clinton feels that you can’t make the case for why public policies around the world need to change.

“I got tired of seeing otherwise thoughtful people smile and nod when I raised these issues [women and girls],” said Clinton at a Bloomberg Philanthropies event in New York. “Foreign leaders, business executives, even senior officials in our own government. You can just see the wheels turning, like, ‘Oh right, I knew she was going to raise women and girls. I will just smile, it will pass and then we’ll talk about really important things.’ Over and over again this was an experience I had.”

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Key difference. The vast majority of mothers and fathers who are out of work say they are spending more time with their kids. Yet while nearly 60% of women say the time out of work has improved their relationship with their children, only 22% of men say the same. NYTimes

• Don’t underestimate your CHRO. Researchers studied the leadership characteristics of every position in the C-suite and discovered that chief human resources officers should be more seriously considered for CEO roles. Fun fact: Two prominent female CEOs — including GM CEO Mary Barra and former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy — both worked in HR before becoming chief executives.  HBR

ON MY RADAR

Sony asks media to stop covering hacked emails   Time

Should we stop asking female CEOs about ‘work-life balance?’  Fortune

How self-tracking apps exclude women  The Atlantic

Funny tweets by women last week  HuffPost

QUOTE

I don't like (the pressure) that people put on me, on women—that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering—dogs, friends, friends' children. This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.

Jennifer Aniston speaks with <em>Allure</em> about the pressure she feels to become a mom.