The Broadsheet: May 1


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Malala’s attackers have been handed a life sentence, Carly Fiorina’s HP days may be coming back to haunt her, and the pay gap has been closed–assuming you’re a big-time CEO. Have a great May Day.


Justice for Malala. A Pakistani court has sentenced 10 men to life in prison for their role in the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the teen Nobel laureate who defied the Taliban by calling for girls’ education. Time


 Oracle makes a prediction. Despite the rumors, Oracle still isn’t commenting on its possible interest in acquiring But Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz suggested that the company would be happy to see another company make an offer. “If it’s acquired by someone else, it’s probably good for us,” said Catz. Fortune

And speaking of Salesforce... CEO Marc Benioff recently said that he is planning to eliminate the company's wage gap. An admirable goal, but the details are hazy at best. Fortune

 Capping contraception? The National Women’s Law Center is accusing insurers of failing to comply with contraception and maternity requirements in Obamacare. The Center says that some insurers are imposing illegal restrictions on birth-control coverage.  WSJ

Carly, by the numbers. Carly Fiorina, who is expected to announce her presidential candidacy on Monday, often cites her experience leading Hewlett-Packard as one of the reasons she's likely to succeed in the White House. That begs the question: Was she a good CEO? In an attempt to answer that question, Yahoo digs into HP's financial history.   Yahoo

 One down. Rubella has been eliminated from the Americas. This New York Times story runs through fascinating trivia about the disease and features an amazingly eclectic lineup of women, including actress Gene Tierney, writer Agatha Christie and Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the doctor who has played a key role in conquering the terrible disease. New York Times

 Dream team. Get a peek inside Wednesday night's Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Washington, D.C. In a pair of videos from the event, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios talks about what she's doing to get a woman on American currency and Secretary of State John Kerry talks about how far we've come since the 70s, when a female Foreign Service officer had to quit her job if she got married.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Sarah J. Dahlgren, head of bank supervision for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, plans to resign at the end of the year.


 No CEO gap. The pay gap has been closed—assuming you're a CEO of one of the nation's largest companies. A new analysis finds that the current female CEOs in the S&P 500, including Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Lockheed Martin's Marillyn Hewson, were paid an average of $18.8 million during their latest fiscal years. Their male counterparts made $12.7 million. USA Today

 GM puts its money where its mouth is. CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will plow $5.4 billion into U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. The investment is meant to signal that GM is improving its infrastructure to build high-quality, profitable American vehicles.  Fortune

 Legal ladiesBeing a parent and a partner at a law firm is a struggle, thanks the grueling hours required by the job. Indeed, women make up only 17% of law partners. Maria Simon and Rebecca Geller want to make that balancing act a little easier. Their six-woman firm, Geller Law Group, was founded on the credo of family-friendliness.  New York Times

 Speaking out, together. After decades of remaining silent about being sexually abused as a child, tech entrepreneur Matt Lauzon is seeking justice. He only found the courage to do so, he says, when he saw an article written by Ruzwana Bashir, CEO of Peek, which described her experience being molested as a girl in England. Now, Lauzon and Bashir are in the early stages of launching an online platform for other victims of childhood sexual abuse.  Fortune

 First Lady fashion. The First Lady is a master of sartorial diplomacy, consistently picking dresses that reflect the cultural background of visiting dignitaries. Her most recent fashion coup: a purple gown by Japanese-American designer Tadashi Shoji, which she wore to this week’s Japan state dinner.   New York Times

 A kosher cadet. Seventeen-year-old Rachelle David will soon become the only graduate of an Orthodox yeshiva, male or female, to attend West Point in its 213-year history.  New York Times

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Here's what the real Olivia Pope tells CEOs in crisis  LinkedIn

Eleanor Roosevelt's former home is going on the market for $18 million  WSJ

A former TV and radio host launches a women's equality party in the UK    The Independent

Want to solve the gender pay gap? Cut men's wages  The Globe and Mail


The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. If you figure that out, every other relationship is a plus and not a must.

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