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The Broadsheet: March 4th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins case continues to make the firm look like the least friendly place ever (gender discrimination issues aside), Google takes its case to new European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager and the truth about Monopoly’s creation is finally revealed.


• Something’s not workin’ at Kleiner Perkins. While we still don’t know if interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao will win her gender discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner Perkins, “a portrait is emerging of Kleiner Perkins as a place where no one much liked each other,” writes Fortune‘s Adam Lashinsky. For the latest on the trial, follow Fortune reporter @ShaleneGupta Fortune


• Searching for answers. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt met for the first time on Monday with new European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. For five years now, the EU has been investigating claims that Google abuses its position in the European online search market, where the internet giant’s market share exceeds 90%. WSJ

• Her next frontier. Maggie Wilderotter will step down as CEO of Frontier Communications Corp., and transition into an executive chairman role. Current president and COO Daniel J. McCarthy will take her place on April 3. In her new position, Wilderotter will receive a $1 million base salary and be eligible for a $2 million target bonus. McCarthy, meanwhile, will receive a base salary of $925,000 and be eligible for a $1.2 million target bonus. WSJ

• Highly technical difficulties. I guess Hillary Clinton learned a lot when she was reading Internet E-Mail for Dummies in 1997. New reports state that not only was she using a personal email address while leading the U.S. State Department, she was also running her own email server, which traced back to her home in Chappaqua. “In most cases, individuals who operate their own email servers are technical experts or users so concerned about issues of privacy and surveillance they take matters into their own hands,” according to the Associated Press.  AP

• Affair deal.  Retired four-star general David Petraeus reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, related to his sharing of classified information with Paula Broadwell. At the time, Broadwell was interviewing Patraeus for a biography about him — and also having an affair with Patraeus. He will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. NY Times

• Carrie’ing the sneaker market. Dick’s Sporting Goods will be launching a line of women’s fitness apparel with country star Carrie Underwood — and pulling shelf space from Adidas and Reebok to make room. (Related: Underwood gave birth to her first child yesterday!) Fortune

• It’s showtime! Now that Hillary Clinton is on the verge of announcing her presidential candidacy, political action committee Emily’s List, led by president Stephanie Schriock, has its biggest opportunity — and biggest challenge. The PAC backs pro-choice Democratic women running for elected office. Last night, Clinton spoke at the group’s gala.  NY Times

• Kim can’t quit. After her first mobile game pulled in a cool $74 million, Kim Kardashian will make another. “I just want to create more apps,” she says.   Fortune

Here’s an easy investment strategyA new study finds that Fortune 1000 companies with female CEOs bring in three times larger equity returns than the S&P 500 over a 12-year period.  Fortune

• Fighting fire with… diversity! The New York Fire Department swore in its first female chaplain yesterday, Rev. Ann Kansfield.  NY Times


• Abuse of power. After more than 70 people accused more than 30 Air Force training instructors of sexual assault in June 2012, a number of reforms were put in place to curtail such behavior. But, writes Jenna McLaughlin of Mother Jones, the system for reporting sexual abuse is still “inherently unfair.”  Mother Jones

• Games people play. The legend that out-of-work salesman Charles Darrow created best-selling board game Monopoly in his basement during the Great Depression is a LIE. It actually was invented by vocal feminist Lizzie Magie, who patented the “Landlord’s Game” in 1904. And then Darrow stole the idea and sold it to Parker Brothers.  NPR

Teens, amirite?  Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. Colvin refused to give up her bus seat nine months before Parks in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 15.  NPR

Nuna goes nuclear. Eric Schlosser tells the story of Dorothy Day, the bohemian-turned-Catholic who led a movement of nuns and others that helped expose how vulnerable America’s nuclear weapons sites actually are. The New Yorker

Facing Ebola. Nina Pham, the 26-year-old Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient, says her hospital and its parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed to protect her. Pham says in a new lawsuit that while she now is the face of America’s fight against the disease, she also is “a symbol of corporate neglect.” Dallas Morning News

Role model. After Fortune’s Pattie Sellers revealed that “Warren Buffett eats like a six-year-old,” one brave woman tried to eat like Buffett for a day. The results are pretty darn funny.  Fusion

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this Broadsheet incorrectly stated that activist Dorothy Day was a nun. Although she was a devout Catholic convert, she did not actually take vows.

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Jibber-jabber and gibberish at Social Media Week New York   Fortune

How to win at Twitter like Shonda Rhimes  Inc.

5 ways to get the raise you deserve in 2015  Fortune

These women made a business out of the eternal search for work attire  NY Post

Marissa Mayer: I don’t think gender is relevant in the tech industry  Business Insider


Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?

Monica Lewinsky, who will be giving a TED Talk on March 19