The Broadsheet: August 4

August 4, 2015, 12:00 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Men are literally freezing women out at work, Intel is putting its money where its mouth is on diversity, and Amy Schumer makes an unfunny—but important—announcement. Have a wonderful Tuesday.


 August sweater wearers, unite! Molly Mahannah, a digital marketing agency employee, says that even when it tops 100 degrees outside her Omaha office, you can often find her at her desk bundled up in a cardigans or wrapped "like a burrito" in a blanket. If you can relate, you're not alone. New research finds that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men, leaving women, well, out in the cold.  New York Times


 Intel doubles up. Intel announced that it's paying double employee referral bonuses for women, minorities and veterans. The move comes at an interesting time, soon after Intel president Renee James—who has been the face of the company's $300 million diversity initiative—announced that she's leaving. Fortune

 Not funny. Comedian Amy Schumer yesterday teamed up with cousin (!) Sen. Charles Schumer for an uncharacteristically serious announcement, pushing for government action on gun control. This comes in the wake of the July shooting at a Louisiana screening of Schumer's movie, Trainwreck, where two people were killed.  Fortune

Planned Parenthood wins, for now. Yesterday, while the Republican-controlled Senate voted on a bill that would eliminate federal funds to Planned Parenthood, the group's president, Cecile Richards, spoke in its defense: “There hasn’t been a moment in our history, when we were pushing forward on reproductive health care rights and access for women, that someone wasn’t after us.” The vote fell short, but the bill is likely to be put on the table again soon. New York Times

 Standing by her man? Despite the accusations against Bill Cosby—including charges that the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted at least 35 women over the course of several decades—his wife, Camille, has stood by him for more than 50 years. This New Republic story digs into the concept of “black love” and the importance of marital longevity to Camille's generation.  The New Republic

 The ultimate Euroskeptic. Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, talks to Fortune's Nina Easton about why Greece never should have been allowed to join the Eurozone, how the Greek crisis has sparked dangerous political trends, and why a financially unified Europe was doomed to fail. Fortune

 Woman vs. woman? Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was one of 14 Republican candidates who spoke at a candidate forum in New Hampshire last night. Fiorina was the fiercest critic of Hillary Clinton, saying, as she has before, that as the sole woman in the Republican field, she uniquely capable of taking on the former Secretary of State. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Victoria Taylor, whose dismissal from Reddit led to the ouster of then-CEO Ellen Pao, is joining co-working startup WeWork as director of digital community. Zillow Group has named Kathleen Philips CFO and Amy Bohutinsky COO.


Cold eggs. Is the growing popularity of egg freezing a boon for professional women? On the one hand, the technology offers an option for women who want more control over both their careers and reproduction. But some researchers caution that the procedure can trigger unexpected physical and mental health risks. The Guardian

 In the fast lane. American swimming phenom Katie Ledecky yesterday beat her own world record in the 1,500 meter freestyle, pretty much by accident. The 18-year-old claims she was "taking it easy" in a qualifying round of the marathon-like race, yet she managed to swim it in a blistering 15 minutes, 27.71 seconds.  Washington Post

 There's an app for that. Would you be more likely to buy a product because its maker supports women? The female co-founders of The Buy Up Index, an app that grades companies on how women-friendly their policies are, hope your answer is "yes." Fortune

 Can I get a price check? It looks like initial estimates that Yahoo is paying $60 million for Polyvore were off—by a lot. Bloomberg reports that Yahoo is shelling out closer to $230 million for CEO Jess Lee's fashion shopping service. That higher figure is in line with what knowledgeable sources tells Fortune. Bloomberg

 Alba gets burned. This Entrepreneur story suggests three moves Jessica Alba's Honest Company should make to combat the bad press over its allegedly defective sunscreen. Alba now has a statement about the complaints on the Honest blog. Entrepreneur

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I'm not mad. That's just my RBF  New York Times

The arrival of the totally dark, utterly irresistible female anti-hero  Time

Inspiring women beat poverty by translating for the sick in hospitals  Mashable

Is it time to include Mx. in the mix with Ms. and Mr.?  Washington Post

Breast cancer surgeon Carolyn Kaelin passes away from the disease she treated Washington Post


It makes me think about why the whole <i>Lean In</i>, Sheryl Sandberg thing didn't resonate with a lot of black women. A lot of them were saying, 'Gee, if I lean in anymore, I'm going to fall over. I’m already leaning in as far as I can lean.'

NPR's Michel Martin, on research that shows that black women want more responsibility at work.