The Broadsheet: January 12th

January 12, 2016, 12:43 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Mary Barra beats Elon Musk to the punch, Carly Fiorina will be back at the kids’ table at the next GOP debate, and more than half of female techies are fending off unwanted advances. Have a productive Tuesday.


 Tech gets touchy. A new survey finds that 60% of women in technology report having experienced unwanted sexual advances. The report, which is packed with similarly disturbing stats, is the brainchild of Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner Perkins partner who testified about her own sexual harassment during the Ellen Pao trial, and former Yahoo VP of global market research Michele Madansky. Fortune


No room for debate. Due to falling poll numbers, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul have been cut from the main stage at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Charleston, S.C.  Time

MPW heads to Hong Kong. The third Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit will be held in Hong Kong on March 1. The event is part of a larger global focus for the MPW team, which welcomes new MPWI co-chair Maithreyi Seetharaman, anchor and executive editor of the flagship Euronews economics show, Real Economy Fortune

 Mary before Musk. This Wired cover story looks at how General Motors beat Tesla in creating the first true mass-market electric car, arguing that the new Bolt is "the most concrete evidence yet" that GM is capable of the type of disruption we usually associate with Silicon Valley.  Wired

 Merkel sends her regrets. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her annual trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as she deals with the aftermath of the sexual assaults and robberies that took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Fortune

 Pay up, Princess. Spain’s Princess Cristina de Borbón is on trial for tax fraud, facing up to eight years in jail if convicted. WSJ

 Penn's partner. Kate del Castillo, the Mexican TV star who helped Sean Penn arrange his controversial meeting with drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, may not be well known in the U.S.  but she is famous—and famously outspoken—in her home country. New York Times


 Spin sisters. First Lady Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton, and Jenna Bush Hager have more in common than just living in the White House: All three are fans of cult-like cycling class SoulCycle. New York Times

 A Saudi in the sky. Meet Nawal al-Hawsawi, an inspiring black Saudi Arabian pilot who has captured the country's attention for standing up to racism and sexism. BBC

 Playing with power. Still feeling annoyed about Rey being left out of some Star Wars toys and games? This should help: Check out these action figure prototypes for the new all-female Ghostbusters. Time

 Big bucks for bloggers. Top style bloggers, such as Chiara Ferragni and Kristina Bazan, are now pulling in between $1 million and $3 million a year.  WWD

 Style vs. substance. Fatin Marini writes that while it's nice to see more designers—such as Dolce & Gabbana—catering to Muslim women, it "won't change our lives" until such collections become the rule rather than the exception. The Guardian

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are engaged  Bloomberg

That’s what zhe said: Mx-ing up the language of gender  The New Republic

Dov Charney is trying to buy back American Apparel. Again.  Fortune

Meet the women taking youth issues to the candidates  Refinery29


I understand people are concerned. I understand that they’re afraid. It’s human to feel that fear and that concern. People want to be safe—I understand that—that’s why I’m here. That’s my job.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the backlash to President Obama's executive order on gun control