The Broadsheet: December 14th

December 14, 2015, 12:47 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) with you this morning. Saudi women are elected to municipal office for the first time, Taylor Swift wants to trademark her birth year, and Hillary Clinton is headed to Broad City. Have a productive Monday.


Saudi women win small. Women in Saudi Arabia voted on Saturday and ran in the country's municipal elections for the first time ever. Saudi voters elected women to 20 local government seats—or about 1% of the seats up for grabs. While that may seem like a small gain, it's still an important step forward for a country in which women are still not allowed to drive. Time


Generation gap. While many Baby boomer women are embracing Hillary Clinton's candidacy because of her gender, their Millennial counterparts don't think being female is enough of a reason to support the former secretary of state. Younger women believe a woman will be in the White House soon, regardless of what happens in 2016.  New York Times

Swift business moves. Taylor Swift has agreed to an exclusive deal with Apple Music to show a concert film from her 1989 world tour. Speaking of 1989, Swift wants it all to herself. As in, she wants to copyright it. Yes, the year. Yes, really.  Mashable

Not investing in Mayer. Yahoo is facing new pressure from investor groups who object to the company's plan to give CEO Marissa Mayer more time to turn the company around. One such group is urging Yahoo to find a buyer for its core business, while another wants to replace Mayer with a a more operations-focused CEO.  WSJ

Delayed decisions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had planned to choose a woman for the $10 bill by year-end, but the big reveal has been pushed back into 2016. Too many suggestions, apparently.  USA Today

Swipe right for a mentor. Glassbreakers is a San Francisco-based online matchmaking service that pairs female mentors with peer mentees. It's like an online dating service for women in the workforce, and its software uses machine learning. Fortune

Le Pen for prez? France's far-right National Front party did not win a single region in Sunday's second-round regional elections, which is bad news for party leader Marine Le Pen's presidential ambitions (and great news for French immigrants).  New York Times

Last one standing. With Saudi Arabia now allowing women to participate in politics, there is just one country left in the world where women can't vote: Vatican City. Fortune


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here's some of the best of what we heard last week.

Good crazy. Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden writes that one of her favorite pieces of advice comes from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who said that being a little “crazy” is important to AirBnB’s culture.  Fortune

 Face time over Facebook. Kim Jenett, VP of HR at automotive parts supplier BorgWarner, warns against relying on Facebook to network. Face-to-face conversations are much more effective in fostering relationships, she says.  Fortune

Mentors do this. The best mentors do three things, says Cindy Robbins, EVP of global employee success at Salesforce.  Fortune


Super sidekick? The trailer for the latest superhero film, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, introduces Wonder Woman as a sort of sidekick to the film's male superheroes. This does not do justice to her character or to her creator, William Marston. In Marston's fictional Paradise Island, women were superior to men.  Quartz

Yaaaas, Hillary. Hillary Clinton will appear in the third season of the Comedy Central series Broad City. The Democratic presidential front-runner tweeted about her upcoming appearance on the Amy Poehler-produced show with the caption #yas.  Variety

From IB to S&D. Before Jessica Herrin founded social selling company Stella & Dot, she was a twenty-something woman with a mountain of debt. Yet instead of taking a job as an investment banker, she decided to follow her entrepreneurial instincts—and she hasn't looked back. "Do not be afraid to wash windows," she says. "If you are a passionate, open-minded person, you will find that opportunity is all around you."  New York Times

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