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The Broadsheet: October 21st

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Stanford is dogged by scandals, the woman who helped take Google public weighs in on the problem with tech IPOs, and the SEC is about to get more diverse than ever before. Have a productive Wednesday.


• Stanford fail? The scandal that caused former Stanford Graduate School of Business dean Garth Saloner to step down—he was sleeping with a professor whose husband also taught at the school—has not only brought to light claims of a sexist and hostile work environment at GSB. There are also complaints that women have been marginalized at the Hoover Institution, the university’s conservative-leaning policy center. New York Times


The IPO whisperer. Lise Buyer, founder and partner of IPO consultancy Class V Group—and a former Google exec who helped take that tech giant public—explains how volatile markets are scaring investors away from IPOs, causing trouble for “unicorn” companies that have raised big money from venture capitalists. Fortune

• B-school blues. A Bloomberg Businessweek survey of MBAs finds that within a few years of graduation, women earn lower salaries, manage fewer people, and are less pleased with their progress than men tend to be.  Bloomberg

• Coding en Español. In an effort to get more women and minorities into tech, Facebook is launching an online hub that lists—in both English and Spanish—programming jobs, free e-learning tools, and in-person coding classes and meet-ups. The site is set up to help guide parents who don’t know a thing about programming but want to encourage their kids to try it out. Fortune

• 23andMe gets healthy. The genetic testing company 23andMe, led by CEO Anne Wojcicki, is announcing on that it will begin providing customers with health information again. The company previously offered health data, but the FDA forced it to stop doing so in 2013. New York Times

• Women of the SEC. President Obama announced he will nominate two women, George Washington University Law School professor Lisa M. Fairfax and Hester Maria Peirce, a former Senate aide and SEC lawyer, to be commissioners to the Securities and Exchange Commission. If the nominations are confirmed, the SEC will become the most diverse it has ever been. New York Times

Today’s MPW moment. In this video clip from the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) talks with Fortune‘s Leigh Gallagher about her relationship with Hillary Clinton, her first campaign, and her push for paid parental leave. YouTube

• Getting on board. Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer of Cisco, and Sandra Peterson, group worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson—both alums of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list—have been nominated to Microsoft’s board. If they are both elected, the company’s 11-member board will include three women.  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jill Normington has become the first female pollster on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Jill Hazelbaker, the former Google communications exec who joined Snapchat as PR and policy head last year, has been named VP of communications and public policy at Uber. She’s going to work for Rachel Whetstone, who left Google in May to join Uber as SVP of communications and public policy.


• Notes on a scandal. Is the criticism of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes sexist? This Elle story argues that the media coverage of questions around the efficacy of the company’s technology has held Holmes up as an “overvalued girl,” who wanted too much and took it. What do you think—has gender played a role in the Theranos scandal? Let me know at  Elle

• Gauging the gap. The latest U.S. Department of Labor data on the wage gap show a disturbing trend: Men’s earnings are growing this year at twice the rate of women’s. WSJ

• Better for wear. Meet Athena, a new wearable designed to protect women. The “safety jewelry,” which can be worn as a necklace or attached to a bag, will emit a loud noise when pressed. It also messages the wearer’s location to designated contacts. Fortune

• Gobble grows. Gobble, the food-delivery startup led by Ooshma Garg, is expanding its 10-minute meal offerings beyond the West Coast. Fortune

• Meet Mara. TV writer and producer Mara Brock Akil is the force behind Being Mary Jane, the No. 1 show on BET. At the end of this season, she will leave the series for Warner Bros. TV, with plans to develop a new show for a major network. New York Times

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Mammogram guidelines get an overhaul  Time

Why women’s rights are going wrong in Turkey  OZY

How LinkedIn embeds diversity goals into day-to-day management  Fortune

Lost girls: women, sex, and the Arab Spring  Harper's


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