The Broadsheet: March 11

March 11, 2015, 11:20 AM UTC

Happy Wednesday, Broadsheet readers! Apple puts its money where its mouth is on diversity, Uber pledges to fill the roads with women drivers and Hillary finally talks email.


Hillary answers (for) her email. During a brief news conference, Hillary Clinton yesterday said that she opted to use her personal email as a "convenience." The presumptive presidential candidate says she turned over more than 30,000 work-related messages to the U.S. State Department, but added that she has no plans to submit the other "private, personal" messages. “I thought using one device would be simpler; obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way,” she said. Understatement of the year?


Letting her designs do the talking.  New Hermès artistic director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski made her debut at Paris Fashion Week on Monday. The 36-year-old, who previously served as design director at Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's label, The Row, maintains a surprisingly low profile. Those who know Vanhee-Cybulski, however, describe her as "sharp, minimalist, elegant but also modern." WSJ

Apple commits to diversity. In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Apple HR chief Denise Young Smith said the company is dedicating at least $50 million to bring more women, minorities and veterans into the tech industry. To do so, Apple is working with non-profits such as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Center for Women and Information Technology, as well as military groups. "We wanted to create opportunities for minority candidates to get their first job at Apple,” said Young Smith. Fortune

 A team tackles violence against women. In an attempt to curb violence before it starts, the Kansas City Royals invited Kathy Redmond, founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, to talk to players.“So many times, teams will put programs in place, or will call organization meetings, only after something bad has happened,” said Dayton Moore, the Royals’ general manager. Could similar programs help reduce violence throughout pro sports? New York Times

Women at the wheel. The latest move in Uber's charm offensive is pledging to add 1 million female drivers by 2020. Currently, about 14% of the ride-hailing app's 160,000 American drivers are women, the company says. The announcement comes at a time when Uber could use some goodwill, as assaults by drivers have been alleged in cities that include Boston, Chicago and New Delhi. Fortune

An expensive day for Duke. Duke Energy, now led by CEO Lynn Good, has agreed to pay shareholders $146 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it failed to disclose details of a 2012 merger with Progress Energy -- including plans to oust then-Progress CEO, Bill Johnson. Duke issued a statement saying the company made the move to avoid "prolonged legislation," and Duke execs denied any wrongdoing. The energy company was also fined $25.1 million by North Carolina for groundwater contamination at one of Duke's facilities.

Mind the gap. A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the gender gap in math continues. While top-performing boys score higher in math than the top-performing girls in 61 of 63 nations, boys are more likely to fail to meet the baseline standard of proficiency across tests in math, reading and science.  New York Times


Lee takes on patent trolls. Michelle Lee, a former Google attorney, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Lee, who has served as the USPTO's acting director for about a year, will be the first woman to hold the office. With her Silicon Valley background, supporters hope Lee will be able to help curb the pesky problem of patent trolls (companies that patent a technology, but don't actually use it--and try to sue anyone who does). The Verge

Lynch is up next. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the full Senate will vote on the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch next week. It's been a long wait: The prosecutor's nomination has been stalled for more than 100 days. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the high-profile position. Time

A win for equality. Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, won the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation at the Press awards for 2014 in London. The goal of the project is to "catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis."  The Guardian

First boards, now wages? Just days after Germany passed a new rule requiring 30% of corporate board seats be held by women, there's talk of a new bill to promote wage equality in the country. According to The Economist, German women earn 22% less than men do (while the average disparity in the European Union is 16%).   The Economist

Jane and Tina forever.  Actress Jane Krakowski talks about working with Tina Fey on the new Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The two previously worked together (with hysterical results) on 30 Rock, and Fey wrote a role on the new show with Krakowski in mind. “When Tina Fey called me and said ‘I have a really good, juicy part for you,’ there was nothing else to be said,” says Krakowski. Daily Beast

Fashion for all sizes. Personal styling start-up Stitch Fix is going beyond standard 0-14 sizing. The company, which sends customers a range of stylist-selected garments to choose from, is now offering maternity and petite clothing. "Pregnant women still want to look and dress like themselves," says CEO Katrina Lake.  Fast Company

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Daylight-saving time is bad for your relationships  WSJ

Saudi girls now can take gym class, but not everyone is happy  NPR

Chelsea Clinton "absolutely" is open to running for office  Buzzfeed

Corporations newest productivity hack: Meditation  The Atlantic

Taylor Swift is winning the war against free music  Quartz

The Sephora effect: How the cosmetics retailer transformed the beauty industry  Washington Post


Women need to embrace one another and be more vocally supportive of one another.