The Broadsheet: March 13

March 13, 2015, 11:18 AM UTC

Happy Friday the 13th, Broadsheet readers! Twitter tightens its privacy rules, NYC makes a push for more female entrepreneurs and Hillary gets horns (don’t worry: I’ll explain). There’s also plenty of women-centric entertainment news. Have a great day.


What's German for "slackers?" As you may remember, new German legislation requires the nation's largest public companies to appoint women to 30% of their supervisory board seats. An analysis of the Fortune Global 500 finds that at least 13 of the 21 German companies on the list would not meet the quota, were it in effect today. Fortune


Nancy and NBC part ways. Nancy Snyderman has stepped down as chief medical correspondent for NBC News. Her departure comes months after she broke an Ebola quarantine to pick up some take-out soup. What's next for Snyderman? No details yet, but she says she will return to academic medicine. Fortune

 How does your state rank? A new report from The Institute for Women's Policy Research attempts to identify the best--and worst--places to be a working woman. To do so, the nonprofit assigned a grade to each state based on gender-earning ratios, as well as women's median earnings, workforce participation and share of high-paying jobs. (Spoiler alert: Way to go, Maryland!) Washington Post

 Kerry takes on a different scandal. Actress Kerry Washington has signed on to play Anita Hill in an upcoming TV movie about the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Washington also will executive produce the HBO project, which is being written by Erin Brockovich author Susannah Grant. Hollywood Reporter

Hillary gets horns. TIME's latest cover caused an Internet kerfuffle, thanks to the "M" in the magazine's logo, which appears to give Clinton a set of horns. In a very meta moment, TIME itself weighed in on the discussion, noting that Hillary isn't the first cover subject to get "horned." Read the actual cover story here.

 Mary Jo fights backIn a speech at Georgetown, Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo While addressed critics who say that the agency allows big banks to skirt punishments by granting them special waivers. “Some have said that the commission and its staff routinely grant waivers without rigorous analysis,” she said. “That is simply not true.”  New York Times

Kids these days. What were you doing at age 15? Probably not giving a speech at the United Nations. Meet Emelin, a 15-year-old from Guatemala, who spoke Tuesday as part of the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women.   NPR


How New York City plans to create 5,000 female entrepreneurs 

When it comes getting help and training, would-be entrepreneurs have plenty of options. But not many of them are free.

A new program announced on Thursday by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Citigroup aims to provide just that: Gratis services for 5,000 female New York City entrepreneurs.

The program, Woman Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC), will roll out over the next three years and is targeted at underserved women who might otherwise struggle to find ways to get their businesses off the ground. Imagine a woman in one of New York's outer boroughs making samosas in her kitchen, says Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen: "They're the best samosas in the neighborhood, but she doesn't know how to take it to the next level."

WE NYC services will be provided by the City's Department of Small Business Services, Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program and micro-lender Grameen America. Participants will learn basic business and entrepreneurial skills, and gain access to mentoring, loan negotiation workshops, and intensive classes dedicated to specific industries.

To read my full story, click here.


A minority of a minority. Being a woman in tech is hard, and being a lesbian can make it even tougher. However, gay women who work in the industry are finding ways to connect and support one another. Fortune

I'll take a small latte, Martha. The first Martha Stewart Cafe, located in New York City's Starrett-Lehigh building, is officially open for business. Unfortunately, looks like it's serving only Martha Stewart Living staffers for the first few days.

Pao's purse is off-limits. Kleiner Perkins had hoped to suggest in court that former partner Ellen Pao was suing the VC firm in order to quell her family's financial problems. The judge, however, shut that plan down, saying it would “create an unseemly sideshow.” Fortune

 Twitter cracks down. Twitter has updated its privacy policy to address the digital scourge known as revenge porn. Under the new rules, users are prohibited from posting "intimate photos and videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."  Mashable

Spit take. Personal genetics company 23andMe announced that it will use its genetic database, built from the saliva of 850,000 customers, to discover new drugs. The company, which is led by Anne Wojcicki, hired former Roche Holdings head of research Richard Scheller as its chief science officer. WSJ

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Carly Fiorina shapes herself as the Republican foil to Hillary Clinton  New York Times

I am not India's daughter  The Atlantic

How not to be the worst at SXSW  Fast Company

Disney announces "Frozen 2"  Fortune

Good news for the easily distractible   Inc


Women feel like we need permission. … We need to lead and change that.

Emma Watson