The Broadsheet: January 13th

January 13, 2016, 12:48 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A Saudi Arabian trailblazer gets arrested, new mammogram guidelines cause a ruckus, and an Uber driver—well, you won’t believe what an Uber driver did. Have a great Wednesday.


 Saudi steps backward. Samar Badawi, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent human rights advocates, has been arrested. She is the sister of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting the country's religious establishment, and the wife of imprisoned human rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair. Badawi's arrest may be linked to her role in managing a Twitter account campaigning for the release of her husband. New York Times


 Who's side is she on? Delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley implied that Obama was to blame for the national debt, a flawed healthcare program, and “chaotic unrest in many of our cities.” Yet she also took some shots at her own party, implicitly criticizing the immigration policies of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush. Los Angeles Times

Age-old question. At what age should women start getting mammograms? While that seems like a straightforward—and vitally important—question, a new set of recommendations is confusing women and creating controversy in the medical world.  Fortune

 Ugh, Uber! An Uber driver stranded a woman in labor on a New York City sidewalk—then charged her $13 for his time. Fortune

 Coming soon: More women? A new study shows that the number of female film directors edged up by two percentage points last year, hitting 9%. But let's not let Hollywood off the hook just yet: The same report found that one-third of last year's top 250 films did not employ any women as director, writer, or producer. Time

 Gift that keeps giving. The Yale School of Management announced that PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is now the school's largest-ever graduate benefactor. Nooyi also is the first woman to endow a top business school’s deanship.  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kara Medoff Barnett will be the next executive director of American Ballet Theater. She is currently the managing director of Lincoln Center International. Online education company 2U named Susan Cates COO. Most recently, Cates served as president of executive development at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Eileen Gittins, founder of book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb, is stepping down as CEO. She will become executive chairman of the company's board, while Todd Larson, previously EVP of Fortune parent Time Inc., will step into the CEO role.


 USA, USA! Bonnie Hammer, cable chief of NBC Universal, usually keeps a low profile during the Golden Globes. Not so this year, when USA's surprise hit Mr. Robot took home the award for best TV drama.  New York Times

 Art of the trade. Artist Sarah Meyohas, whose first solo show opened last week, attempts to fuse art and commerce by trading stocks, then painting their movements. And this isn't her first finance-related work: Her last project was called "BitchCoin." Fortune

 All about Anne. In this "day in the life" story about 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, we learn that she owns a farm-to-table restaurant in Los Altos, bikes seven miles a day, and owns a closet full of Lululemon. WSJ

 Dumbwatches. If women account for more than half of fitness tracker owners, why are 71% of smartwatch owners male? Racked

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Win or lose, Taiwan's women get a victory  Bloomberg

Meet Drizly's 'chief cocktail officer'  Business Journals

Serial podcast, needing more reporting time, goes biweekly  New York Times

Harvard Med narrows the faculty gender gap, but slowly  Stat News


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