The Broadsheet: March 12

March 12, 2015, 11:24 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A former JPMorgan exec is betting big on bitcoin and the AP wants read Hillary’s email (join the club). Plus, a group of daring women has announced plans to walk across the DMZ. Make it a great Thursday…


Men join the movement. More businesses are tapping men to help boost women into the top ranks. Their rationale? Women-only corporate events and networking groups haven't moved the needle as far as many would like. "Guys listen to guys," says Deborah Gillis, president of Catalyst, a nonprofit that advocates for expanded work opportunities for women. What do you think? Are the men in your workplace involved in the push for diversity—and if they are, how do they matter? Email me at WSJ


Masters buys into bitcoin. Former JPMorgan Chase executive Blythe Masters is heading cryptocurrency startup Digital Asset Holdings, which plans to provide software that will make trading bitcoin safer and more efficient. Masters, a pioneer of credit default swaps, was head of the commodities unit at JPMorgan until last year. Bloomberg

 The Gates game plan. Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann explains how advancements in science, new disease-fighting tools and a collaborative international effort will help the foundation achieve its new goals of eliminating four diseases and cutting in half the number of children who die by age 5. Re/Code

Lawmakers are Yellen for answers.  Fed Chair Janet Yellen is under pressure to provide details about investigations into a 2012 leak of Federal Reserve policy decisions. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are among the lawmakers looking for answers.  Bloomberg

Ellen in the hot seat. Ellen Pao, who is suing former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination, spent the past two days on the stand, being grilled by KPCB defense attorney Lynne Hemle. Hemle, rumored to be so tough that she once made an opponent vomit in court, has focused on exposing inconsistencies in Pao's testimony and attacking her character (yesterday, we learned that Pao once made a colleague cry). Pao's testimony will continue today.

AP jumps into the email fray. Tuesday's news conference didn't exactly quell the questions about Hillary Clinton's email. Yesterday, the Associated Press sued the U.S. State Department for access to messages and documents from Clinton's time as Secretary of State. The AP says its suit comes after several formal requests for information were ignored.  AP

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Government contracts lawyer Angela Styles has been elected chair of Washington-based law firm Crowell & Moring. Lisa Perrin, currently managing director of Shine Networks, will head up Endemol Shine, a new entertainment production giant created by the three-way merger of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media.


 Walking for peace. A group of female disarmament activists, including Gloria Steinem, have announced plans to walk across the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. The walkers hope to revive peace talks between the two nations. “We are walking to invite all concerned to imagine a new chapter in Korean history, marked by dialogue, understanding, and—ultimately—forgiveness,” said leading organizer Christine Ahn, a Korean-American activist. NYT

Real talk for techies.  Clara Shih, CEO of software company Hearsay Social, recaps the highlights of a Women in Tech panel hosted by LinkedIn. The big takeaways: Strong role models are key, knowing how others see you matters, and stop beating yourself up.   HearSay Social

 Stay strong, Serena. After being booed and taunted with racial epithets during the BNP Paribas Open in 2001, Serena Williams boycotted the tournament for 13 years. (She returned this month). Unfortunately, the 2001 incident is far from the only time that Williams has been disrespected as a result of her race and gender. Vox

Does Harper need help? The State of Alabama is looking into possible elder abuse in the case of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee. The announcement that Lee will publish a new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” has raised questions about the author's intentions and mental state.  NYT

We want Tina. Who should replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show? According to a new national poll from Quinnipiac University, Tina Fey is America's choice. 19% of respondents picked Fey, putting her ahead of comedians like Dennis Miller, John Oliver and Chelsea Handler. Time

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New website aims to transform the philosophy canon by highlighting women  Feministing

The rise of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey  The Daily Beast

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"Rad American Women A-Z" is the perfect feminist primer for kids  Buzzfeed

The number of people quitting their jobs is at a 6-year high  Inc

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I do think that women can do everything they <em>want </em>to do—especially if they work hard enough at it. I don’t believe anything comes easy.

Drew Barrymore

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