The Broadsheet: January 14th

January 14, 2016, 12:43 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Chelsea Clinton is out on the stump, Davos works on its women problem, and—surprise!—white men don’t like diversity programs. Have a wonderful Thursday.


 Dames of Davos. Davos will get just a tiny bit less male this year: The gathering is expected to be 18% women, up from 17% last year. Fortune takes a look at the big (female) names slated to attend. Fortune


 Say yes to her dress? Michelle Obama's State of the Union outfit got almost as much attention as her husband's speech. The New York Times zeroed in on the "subliminal signal" sent by her golden Narciso Rodriguez sheath, saying that the dress "telegraphed a mood that was unquestionably upbeat and sunny." Unfortunately for would-be style-biters, the dress was sold out at the Neiman Marcus website before the speech was even over.

 White man's burden. New research finds that corporate diversity programs often fail—and may even backfire, making things worse. One big reason: They alienate white men. Fortune

 China cracks down? Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun, who were detained by the government for six months, have been arrested for "subversion of state power,” a charge frequently levied against dissidents. South China Morning Post

 Chelsea feels the Bern. Chelsea Clinton came out swinging while on the campaign trail for her mom, accusing VT Senator Bernie Sanders of wanting to "dismantle Obamacare." The Sanders camp fired back, saying that Chelsea has her facts wrong.   Mother Jones

 McCourt off the diamond. Jamie McCourt, formerly half of the power couple that owned the Los Angeles Dodgers, is now on her own after an ugly public divorce. After discovering how little she knew about her household’s finances, McCourt wants to teach women why they should care about money.  Boston Globe

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Google has tapped former White House economics and security policy expert Caroline Atkinson as its new head of global public policy. Activision Blizzard, the gaming company behind Call of Duty, announced that Stacey Sher, producer of Hateful Eight and Contagion, will become co-president of its new film and television unit. Engie, France's multinational utility company, has named Isabelle Kocher CEO. She will be the first woman to lead a company in the Paris CAC-40, the benchmark French stock market index.


 All about oil. Meet Elham Hassanzadeh, head of consulting firm Energy Pioneers, which hopes to lure foreign investors back to Iran's oil industry when sanctions against the country are lifted. Bloomberg

 Nice try, LifeSci. Financial communications firm LifeSci Advisors tried a controversial strategy for changing the gender ratio at a party during the male-heavy J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference: Hire models to waitress. You can imagine how well that went over with female attendees.  Bloomberg

 Going pro. Ann Pierce, the co-creator of a website that crowdsources first impressions of people in photos, writes about just how difficult can be for women to pinpoint what it means to dress "professionally." xoJane

Out of fight? It looks like the Ronda Rousey/Holly Holm rematch won't happen in July after all. According to the UFC, Rousey opted to postpone the fight due to her filming schedule for the Roadhouse remake.  Fortune

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Please let this rumor be true: Adele is designing clothes  Glamour

The gender-neutral bathroom revolution is growing  Time

El Chapo enticed by star power of Mexican actress, not Sean Penn  New York Times

The $578 billion push for boards with more than just white men  Bloomberg


Right now there are so many TV shows on with strong, complicated, powerful, not-so-powerful, interesting human beings who are women. And I am thrilled<i> </i>to be playing one of them.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of <em>Veep</em>