The Broadsheet: March 9th

March 9, 2015, 11:46 AM UTC

Happy Monday, Broadsheet readers! It’s my last day as your interim proprietor, so thank you for being such a terrific audience, for responding to my questions and ~hopefully~ laughing at my jokes! And a HUGE thank you to my editors, Dan Primack and Pattie Sellers, for bearing with me as I learned the ropes. Tomorrow, Kristen Bellstrom (@kayelbee) will take the reins. I can’t wait to see what she brings us!

Back to the news: The women of Selma remembered, Serena Williams vanishes from Times Square and Rebekah Brooks returns to News Corp.


 Where's Serena? Not There. New Yorkers might have noticed something missing in advertisements yesterday: The women were gone. As part of International Women's Day, The Clinton Foundation ran its "Not There" campaign, removing women from more than 40 existing advertisements, including Serena Williams from the Beats billboard in Times Square. The Foundation hopes to draw attention to the many ways that gender equality is "not there." Go to the campaign's website for more information and a video packed with the voices — but not faces — of famous women like Cameron Diaz and Amy Poehler. NY Times


 A long strange trip. This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the historic march in Selma for racial equality. While important figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Hosea Williams often are named in the remembrances, the Philadelphia Tribune writes about several of the many extraordinary women who participated, including Prathia Hall of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Diane Nash, a civil rights leader and important member of MLK's inner circle. Nash had planned to march this year as well but ultimately refused because of George W. Bush's participation.

 Auf widersehen to all-male boards in Germany. On Friday, Germany joined other European countries in legislating a quota for women on corporate boards. The new law, requiring the country's biggest companies to have 30% of supervisory seats occupied by women, could impact corporate governance far beyond Germany's borders.   NY Times

 Over the Hill? Reports keep filtering in of Democrats unhappy with Hillary Clinton over her email practices. Yesterday, Sen. Diane Feinstein called for Clinton to speak up and even Obama aides are "privately express[ing] frustration," according to The Wall Street Journal. We're also hearing about other public officials who use their private email accounts to do government business, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas governor Rick Perry and former Florida governor (and likely Republican presidential hopeful) Jeb Bush.

 Mary Barra is not afraid of commitment. To avoid a proxy fight with investor Harry J. Wilson, General Motors has agreed to buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock. "[C]onstructive dialogue with our shareholders has helped ensure that we are addressing these key initiative with the appropriate level of clarity and transparency,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. WSJ

The plot thickens. Investigating the ongoing mystery surrounding the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes interviewed Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman. Nisman had accused Timerman of complicity with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in her plan to forego pursuing the Iranian terrorists alleged to be behind the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.   CBS

A powerful speaker. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who was ranked #1 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business list three years in a row, will be the commencement speaker this year at Northwestern University. Rometty graduated from Northwestern with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering. Northwestern

 Not fone-ing it in for new moms. Last week, British telecom provider Vodafone announced a major new global plan to help mothers transition back into the office. The company will pay new moms their full-time salaries for only 30 hours of work each week for up to six months after they return from their 16-week maternity leave.   WSJ

 Keeping her whits. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman joined more than 300 fellow conservatives in a brief in support of gay marriage, filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.  Sacramento Bee

 Not crying over spilled ash. Last month, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good agreed to pay $102.2 million to settle violations of the Clean Water Act related to a coal-ash spill, saying "We are accountable for what happened at Dan River and have learned from this event." However, new reports show that the company may continue some of its coal ash dumps under new permits from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   AP

 Gimme gimme Moore. Last week, Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore talked to little old me (yes, me!) about the L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth campaign. I also spoke to honorees like Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a teacher who survived the Sandy Hook shooting and founded Classes 4 Classes, an organization connecting classrooms and teaching a "social curriculum." Fortune


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here's some of the best of what we heard this week.

How millenials can work it at work. Pooja Sankar, CEO and founder of Piazza, has some advice for those early in their careers: Find mentors, play to your strengths and take feedback as it comes — even when it's tough.  Fortune

 The mother lode. Not every new working mom faces the kind of antagonism Katherine Zaleski described in her hot-button piece that drew millions of readers last week, but most face challenges after maternity leave ends, says Erica Galos, vice president of local sales at Yelp. She has to come to realize that being a working mother often gives her a "unique value" in a working environment, instead of being a liability. Fortune

 Timing is everything. Tonya Love, manager of business relations and marketing at Xerox Research Center Europe, has some tips for dealing with your overflowing inbox. Fortune


 The power of Pelosi. Nobody runs a show like Nancy Pelosi: Keeping the Democrats united, avoiding government shutdowns and expressing the party's opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress are all in a day's work. Not to mention: No other Congresswoman has such an impressive collection of power necklaces.  NY Times

 Cut offs. In an interview last week, Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki showed her audience one way to handle a rude guest: When disrespected on air by Hani Al-Seba'i, a Sunni Muslim scholar sentenced in Egypt for affiliation with Egyptian Islamic Jihad, she cut off his mic instead of listening to him further. Daily Dot

 Priceless. A new campaign is trying to have President Andrew Jackson replaced on the $20 bill by a woman. Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony all are on the short list of candidates.  The Week

 Return of the queen. Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the British tabloids The News of the World and The Sun, is set to return to News Corp after being acquitted of charges related to a major phone-hacking scandal. Here's what her story can teach you about power.  Fortune

 Reunited and it feels so good. Last week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg chatted with friend Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File about her latest Lean In initiative that urges men to get in on the push for gender equality. Sandberg and Kelly have had these public conversations before, and usually to everyone's great delight, as Fortune's Pattie Sellers recalled in January.   Fox News

 Martha, Martha, Martha. Martha Stewart must be up to something because she is everywhere these days. Right after talking at Social Media Week, she announced that she will be roasting Justin Bieber (!?!), is standing up for Tickles the carriage horse in NYC (good for you Martha!) and posing on Instagram — in leather pants! — with Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal. Please send all Martha Stewart conspiracy theories to

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If you stand for equality, then you're a feminist.

Emma Watson, speaking on International Women's Day