The Broadsheet: January 15th

January 15, 2016, 12:40 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Planned Parenthood is suing the group behind those fetal tissue videos, Sheryl Sandberg is giving away $31 million, and more women over 40 are having kids. Enjoy the holiday weekend—I’ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday,


 Planned Parenthood's plans. Amy Bonse, a lawyer representing Planned Parenthood, says the women's health organization will sue the conservative anti-abortion group behind secretly taped videos that appeared to show abortion providers selling fetal tissue. The suit alleges that the Center for Medical Progress provided "fraudulent information in violation of federal law” to gain access to Planned Parenthood conferences and doctors. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Hillary Clinton—who PP has endorsed—sat down with Refinery29 to talk about women's rights and the 2016 election.


 Shining on the small stage. Despite being stuck in the undercard GOP debate last night, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina brought her A-game, attacking Hillary Clinton and firing zingers at fellow Republican candidates Donald Trump and Rand Paul.  Time

 Moms mature. More U.S. women over 40 are having babies, according to a new report. One likely reason: More than 40% of women say having children after first establishing a career is the best strategy for ending up in a top job.  Fortune

 Thanks, Sheryl. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has donated 290,000 shares of Facebook stock—worth about $31 million—to a slew of charities, including women's empowerment, anti-poverty, and education groups. Re/Code

Less male, still white. While the new Academy Award nominations recognized a number of female-centric movies—Brooklyn, Room, and Mad Max: Fury Road are all nominated for Best Picture—noticeable absent were films about and starring people of color and LGBT individuals. Washington Post

 Spousal support. Fortune digs into the vital role that Heidi Cruz, wife of Ted Cruz, and Mary Pat Christie, wife of Chris Christie, have played in financing their husbands' political campaigns. Fortune

 The Haley paradox. This New Yorker piece argues that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is a symbol of both racial progress and of racial stagnation in her state and party.  The New Yorker

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Digital media platform Xaxis announced the promotion of Nicolle Pangis to serve as global COO.


Who's the boss now? The origin story of KMR Law Group, a Chicago law firm founded by three black women, begins with the moment one of the partners' previous bosses said to her, "Okay, slave, get back to work." Elle

 Courting Chelsea. Conservative advocacy group Citizens United is suing for access to Chelsea Clinton’s correspondence with State Department officials like Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin. This furthers the question raised by Chelsea's decision to begin stumping for her mom: Should she be considered a private citizen or a high-profile public figure?  WSJ

 Don't hate—appreciate. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Haters Back Off, a comedy program from YouTube star Colleen Ballinger Evans. It will be the first scripted series created by a YouTube personality.  The Verge

 Model behavior. Denim brand AG Jeans is setting a new standard of gender equality by having a single model, Daria Werbowy, as the face of both its new men’s and women’s lines.  Refinery29

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Manspreading apologists blame body dimensions for subway behavior   Gothamist

Why Hillary Clinton still can't escape her husband's misdeeds  Time

Apple board: Call for diversity is 'unduly burdensome and not necessary'  Quartz

'A long way to go': Landmark report says we are failing transgender people Vice


There is nothing wrong with a man being feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage.

actor Alan Rickman, as quoted on Twitter by Emma Watson, who has been accused of exploiting Rickman's death to further her own agenda.