The Broadsheet: April 7

April 7, 2015, 11:40 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Comedian Sarah Silverman is not amused by the wage gap, Lane Bryant calls out Victoria’s Secret, and everyone’s speculating about when Hillary will finally announce her presidential bid. Have a great Tuesday.


 Sarah bridges the gap. In a video for Levo's Ask4More campaign, comedian Sarah Silverman recalls a time when she made $10 a set for stand-up, while the club owner paid a male comedian $60. Silverman encourages women to ask for the pay they deserve. "If you work a job, and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same," she says.

Broadsheet readers: Do you have a personal story about the wage gap? Or maybe you have example of a time when you successfully asked for a raise or negotiated a higher salary at a new job. If so, I'd love to hear about it: Also, please let me know if you'd be willing to have your name and response featured in a future Broadsheet.


Not if, but when. When will Hillary Clinton announce her presidential ambitions? The media guessing games are in full swing. The AP is predicting that she'll officially launch the campaign "sometime in the next two weeks." CNN, on the other hand, is going with "only days away." Slate points out that, no matter when the big reveal occurs, we'll likely hear about it first on social media. So, now might be a good time to start following @HillaryClinton on Twitter.

 DuPont dukes it out. DuPont, led by CEO Ellen Kullman, is still scrapping with activist investment firm Trian Fund Management. DuPont says that breaking up the company, as Trian proposes, would cost $4 billion and diminish its research capabilities. The chemical company also continues to resist Trian’s effort to replace four DuPont directors, calling the investment firm’s campaign “value destructive.”  WSJ

No negotiating. In one of her first interviews since losing her gender discrimination case, interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao says she's eliminating negotiations from the company's hiring process. Why? Pao says that men tend to negotiate harder than women do, and when women do try to play hardball, they're more likely to be penalized. And as Mashable points out, there's plenty of research out there that backs up Pao's points.

Phi Kappa Psi sues.  The fallout from Rolling Stone's debunked story about an alleged gang rape at UVA continues. The university's chapter of Phi Kappa Psi says it plans to sue Rolling Stone, which identified some of the frat's members as the rapists. (The magazine has since retracted the entire story, but did not fire or suspend anyone associated with it.)  Time


Fifty shades of green. The film version of Fifty Shades of Grey has now brought in $400 million in international box office revenues. Add that sum to the $165.5 million the film pull in the U.S., and it becomes the eighth-highest grossing movie ever. You know what means, right? At least one sequel is in the works--though director Sam Taylor-Johnson says she's departing from the steamy franchise.  Fortune

Adios, angels. Lane Bryant, which sells women’s clothing in sizes from 14 to 28, is taking on Victoria’s Secret in its new lingerie campaign. The ads encourage women to use the hashtag #ImNoAngel to celebrate women of all body types--not just supermodels. Bloomberg

 Look out, tree huggers. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is at it again. The latest target? "Liberal environmentalists," whom the likely Republican presidential candidate is blaming for California's water crisis.   Washington Times

Nailing the interview. Diane Sawyer has landed an interview with Bruce Jenner, former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV dad. It's a big get for Sawyer, in part because Jenner is widely believed to be transitioning to female from male, though he has not confirmed the rumor. The interview will air on 20/20 on April 24.   NY Times

Food babe BS? Yvette d'Entremont, an analytical chemist and science writer, is challenging Vani Hari, (a.k.a. the Food Babe). Hari, who runs the website, is an outspoken opponent of hidden "toxins" and chemicals in food. According to d'Entremont, however, Hari's science doesn't hold up, and her work is misleading.   Gawker

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Japan's first bi-racial beauty queen wants the country to end racial discrimination  Bloomberg

Susan Sarandon: Let's get a woman on the $20  Daily Beast

This 25-year-old Latina aims to disrupt the beverage industry  Forbes

Meet the female Indiana Jones  Time

Women having a heart attack don't get treatment fast enough   NPR


It’s like, ‘You can have it all.’ Well, you can't quite. It costs your child or your job or your husband.

Candice Bergen, on the authenticity she tried to bring to her role as Murphy Brown.