The Broadsheet: May 5


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A new generation of activists is creating a modern civil rights movement, research finds that women are less willing than men to compromise career goals for work-life balance, and Fortune tells how presidential candidate Carly Fiorina got famous. Have a great Tuesday.


 Meet the next generation of activists. Johnetta Elzie is among many black activists who have been using social media to mobilize protests in each new city where a police shooting occurs. She and friends like DeRay Mckesson are harnessing the Internet to build a 21st-century civil rights movement.  New York Times


Boys in balance? A new study finds that men are more likely than women to say they'll make career sacrifices for work-life balance. So, are women becoming careerist workaholics? Probably not. One likely explanation: Female employees may believe they're likely to be written off if they don't jump on work opportunities whenever they come along. Fortune

 Hillary watch. Hillary Clinton's back-and-forth with the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi continues. Yesterday, Clinton's lawyer said that this month she will testify--with stipulations. In more Hillary news, she is expected to give a speech today calling for a path to citizenship for some 11 million people in the U.S. illegally.

 Some grieving guidance. Grief coach and author Jill Smolowe, who lost her husband to leukemia six years ago, writes about the mistakes people make when trying to comfort someone after the death of a loved one. She advises Sheryl Sandberg's friends and colleagues to avoid projecting and instead, take their cues from her. "If you watch, if you listen, she will signal what she needs," writes Smolowe.  Fortune

 Ladies of Gotham. Gotham magazine has published its list of the most influential women in New York. Among the honorees: Goldman Sachs Foundation president Dina Habib Powell, Christie's SVP Lydia Fenet and New York State chief digital officer Rachel Sterne Haot. Gotham

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Accenture has appointed Julie Spellman Sweet as group chief executive for North America. Sweet was the company's general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer. PayPal named Louise Pentland general counsel, while eBay hired Marie Oh Huber to be its GC.


Today's Broadview is brought to you by Fortune's Pattie Sellers.

How Carly Fiorina got famous

If you’re a supporter of Carly Fiorina, who announced on Monday that she’s running for president, you can give Fortune credit for making her famous. If you’re not a Fiorina fan, well, blame us.

In 1998, Fortune selected Fiorina, then 44 years-old and in charge of the largest division at telecom giant Lucent Technologies, to be No. 1 on its first-ever list of the Most Powerful Women in Business. A relative unknown outside the telecom industry (and at the time, profiled only in Investor’s Business Daily), Fiorina landed on Fortune‘s cover. Ten months later, in July 1999, Hewlett-Packard recruited her to be CEO.

Fortune reported on Fiorina vigorously throughout her rises and falls—including Carol Loomis’ memorable cover story, “Why Carly’s big bet is failing,” which appeared shortly before the HP board fired her. That story explains her shortcomings as a leader. And so far, her record as a politician is spotty—she failed in her 2010 bid to represent California in the U.S. Senate. But as I say in a recent piece about her emerging role as the GOP’s weapon against Hillary Clinton, Fiorina knows how to fight and she enjoys the battle. So she’s one to watch in the emerging 2016 presidential contest.

To read the rest of Sellers' story, including an excerpt from Fortune‘s 1998 cover story that details how Fiorina first rose to power and fame, click here.


Welcome, Princess Charlotte! Just in case you were living under a baby-proof rock yesterday: the new royal baby's name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  Time

 Fake it to make it. Research finds that some of the people ostensibly turning in those grueling 80-plus-hour workweeks may just be faking it. Even more interesting: men are more likely than women to "pass" as constant workers.  New York Times

 Fashion's biggest night? The annual Met Gala, which benefits the nonprofit Costume Institute, was last night and, as usual, the fashion was jaw-dropping. Take a minute to check out some of most talked-about looks from celebs like Beyonce and Rihanna.  People

 A bank talks numbers. Royal Bank of Scotland has set a target for one-third of its top 600 management roles to be held by women by 2020. Currently, RBS's female representation dips as low as 15% in certain business units.   The Guardian

 Pregnant pros. According to a new study, pregnant women are so concerned about managing their professional images that they make extra efforts to maintain—or even outperform—their previous pace. This should be a wakeup call for employers: The status of a woman’s womb has no bearing on her professional abilities. Quartz

Quota country.  Every publicly-traded company in Norway must have a minimum number of women on its board. And the law is so strict that those that miss the quota may be dissolved. A new book looks at what American companies can learn from Norway's policy, arguing that while quotas may not fly in the U.S., "a more forceful regulatory shove is needed to disrupt the status quo."   The Atlantic

 Guts over Google. Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify, writes about why she decided to turn down a job at Google. It came down to her following her gut. Fortune

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The uncertain fate of Avon in a digital beauty world  Racked

How Dave Goldberg died  Fortune

What to buy on Mother's Day  Bloomberg

Why are older Danish women the happiest people in Europe?   The Guardian


I don't think of myself in that way. I get up every morning, Amy, and I, you know, work out, I go to work, I try to do the best job I possibly can, whether it's for Condé Nast or for the museum or anything else that I might be involved in, but you know, I'm not thinking, <i>I'm an icon</i>.

<em>Vogue</em> editor Anna Wintour, on her status as a fashion icon

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