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The Broadsheet: November 24th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ana Botín wants your banking business, women tell terrifying true tales of workplace discrimination, and Karlie Kloss proves she’s more than just Taylor Swift’s BFF. Enjoy your Tuesday.


• More mess for Mayer. On the heels of stories from Fortune, Re/CodeForbes and other media about a run of high-level departures at Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal piles on with no new news but more evidence of  a “crisis of morale” that is increasingly jeopardizing Marissa Mayer’s leadership.


• Bank of Botín. In contrast to her father, who pursued global expansion when he was head of Banco Santander, Ana Botín is laser-focused on her current customer base at the Madrid-based bank that she now chairs. Her strategy: Convince Santander customers to use the bank for everything from bill pay to credit card to mortgages. Bloomberg

• Terrifying tales. Seven women share their sad and maddening workplace stories, revealing practically unbelievable tales of discrimination over their looks, race, sexual orientation and more. Refinery29

• First, the good news... Today, girls age 10 and under are more likely to say they want to grow up to be doctors and scientists than flight attendants and secretaries (which were the top choices just 25 years ago). What’s more, girls are more likely to report interest in STEM careers than their male classmates are. Fortune

…now, the bad. A new survey commissioned by Google finds that 42% of girls (compared to 62% of boys) feel “very confident” that they could learn computer science skills. Girls were also less likely to say that they would purse a CS degree in the future. USA Today

• Microsoft moves backwards. Microsoft’s latest diversity stats reveal that the percentage of women at the company has decreased over the past year, dropping from 29% to 26.8%. The reason: The tech giant reduced the workforce at its international factories, a move that disproportionately affected female workers. WSJ

• Hello, sales records. Barnes & Noble reports that its first-day sales of 25, Adele’s new album, surpassed first-day sales of any other album in the retailer’s history. Overall, sales of 25, which have likely been buoyed by the singer’s decision not to stream it on Spotify or Apple Music, are on pace to set a first-week record for the U.S.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she will leave the morning show Fox & Friends by the end of the year to spend more time with her family.


• Care for caregivers. Hillary Clinton says that if she’s elected president, she would give a $6,000 tax credit to Americans who tend to the health needs of elderly or disabled parents or grandparents. She would also offer a credit toward Social Security benefits to those who leave the workforce to care for relatives. Fortune

• A history of leave. Bryce Covert, a ThinkProgress economic policy editor, writes about the history of the paid leave debate in America. His biggest takeaway? “Working mothers’ victory in the culture war is, of course, a pretty hollow one. The country still doesn’t have guaranteed paid family leave, and just 12% of Americans are offered it through work.”   New York Times

• A model businesswoman. Top model—and famous Taylor Swift buddy—Karlie Kloss talks about enrolling in an independent study program at NYU, turning her love of baking into a charitable pursuit, and launching Kode with Karlie, a program aimed at encouraging girls to study computer science.  WSJ

• Women take off. Ethiopian Airlines has been working to promote the contributions of its female employees. One result: A flight last month from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Bangkok, Thailand was operated by women, from ground operations all the way to the pilots and cabin crew. The all-female flight was a first in the history of the airline. Quartz

• Don’t diss dad. Too often, the discussion over how working moms and dads divvy up housework and childcare ends up pitting men and women against one another, says Jessica DeGroot of the ThirdPath Institute, which helps people redesign the way they work. Rather than fall into that trap, she says, families should look at how their behaviors at home are shaped by outside forces. Fortune

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Jessica Jones is Marvel’s most nuanced heroine yet  Time

The feminist asylum that redefined women’s mental-health treatment  The Atlantic

Rihanna could release her mysterious new album on Black Friday  Fortune

The problem with Carly Fiorina’s zero-based budgeting plan   Fortune


Why do women feel like it's their responsibility to make sure everybody in the room is happy at all times? Stop trying to make everyone like you. It's a waste of time. Assume they like you, and focus on more important things.

author and <em>Morning Joe</em> co-host Mika Brzezinski