The Broadsheet: December 24th

December 24, 2015, 12:44 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Paid parental leave is on the rise, Ellen Pao talks trolls, and a female-led unicorn lets down its employees. I’m taking a break to celebrate the holidays, but The Broadsheet will be back in your inbox on Monday, Jan. 4th. Have a wonderful holiday!


 Parents get paid. The Huffington Post's Emily Peck asserts that 2015 was the year U.S. companies and policy makers finally started to pay attention to paid parental leave—although she's very clear that we still have a long way to go. According to one study, 21% of companies offered paid maternity leave in 2015, up from 16% in 2011. Huffington Post


 When unicorns go bad. Good Technology, a mobile security startup led by Christy Wyatt, was sold to BlackBerry in September for $425 million, less than half of the company’s $1.1 billion private valuation. While Wyatt and Good's investors ended up with millions of dollars, Good's employees were left with common stock that was practically worthless. New York Times

 Google's virtual Santa. Google's Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP), the skunkworks group led by onetime DARPA boss Regina Dugan, released Special Delivery, an adorable Santa-themed animated short that makes the most of mobile: You tip your phone as you watch it virtual-reality-style on YouTube. YouTube

 Then there were 22. We're ending the year with 22 female CEOs in the Fortune 500—down from 24 in 2014. What's more, that number is poised to dip even lower in early 2016. Fortune

 Turning the tables. Hillary Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, tweeted that Clinton would not respond to Donald Trump's latest sexist statements, but said, "Everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should."  New York Times

 Head in the cloud. Google grew into the giant it is today by catering to individuals, but lags its competitors when it comes to providing services to industry. That's where Diane Greene comes in. Greene, who now oversees Google's cloud computing business, has one critical mission: teaching the Silicon Valley icon how to sell to companies.  WSJ


 Women's work. New research finds that the time employees are spending on collaborative tasks has surged by roughly 50% in the last two decades. And who is shouldering the bulk of that time-consuming work? Women. Fortune

 Kim's world. Kim Kardashian's world domination is complete: The reality show star-turned-entrepreneur was the most Googled woman of 2015, followed by Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Check out this infographic to see the most-searched person by country. Time

An artful take. Looking at the dismal stats on the percentage of women who have sole creative control over music, film, and TV, writer Rachel Syme comes to a simple but compelling conclusion: "Women need to be in charge. At least half the time. Our culture suffers when this doesn’t happen." Medium

 Troll tamer. Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao talks about weathering "one of the largest trolling attacks in history," pining for the early days of the Internet, and fighting prejudice by sharing personal stories. The Guardian

 R.I.P. We lost some incredible women in 2015. This roundup includes fascinating profiles of civil rights icon Amelia Boynton Robinson, actress Elizabeth Wilson and Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston. New York Times

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Six women who made 2015  The Guardian

One woman's bizarre, delightful quest to change emojis forever  Buzzfeed

The typical American lives only 18 miles from mom  New York Times

The next sexual revolution won't come in a pill  New York Magazine


I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes.

Ariadna Gutierrez, aka Miss Colombia, who was briefly—and erroneously—crowned Miss Universe in a mix-up last weekend.