The Broadsheet: January 19th

January 19, 2016, 12:53 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Taiwan elects its first female president, Huma Abedin is the reluctant star of a new film, and sexism is no laughing matter in the L.A. comedy scene. Have a productive Tuesday.


 A damaging doc? Weiner, a new documentary that will premiere on Sunday, chronicles the explicit texting scandal that forced Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress. The film focuses heavily on Weiner's wife—and Hillary Clinton aide—Huma Abedin, and comes at an awkward time for the Clinton campaign, which is already dealing with reminders of the " more sordid sexual episodes" of Bill Clinton's past. New York Times


 Meet Taiwan's Tsai. Tsai Ing-wen was elected President of Taiwan this past weekend, becoming the first-ever woman to hold the office. A former law professor, Tsai is known as a conflict-averse policy wonk who passionately supports her country's democracy. As the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, which espouses a break with the mainland, she now faces a difficult task: "Balancing the expectations of independence-minded supporters while trying to maintain stable relations with Beijing and reassure Washington, Taiwan’s most important security partner." WSJ

 That's debatable. Hillary Clinton threw some of her sharpest jabs yet at Bernie Sanders in Sunday's Democratic debate, yet Fortune's Tory Newmyer declared the contest a draw—thanks, in part, to Sanders' apparent unwillingness to employ his fiery stump rhetoric on the debate stage. (For the inside story on how Sanders prepared for the face-off, check out this story about his Senate chief of staff Michaeleen Crowell, who does double duty playing Clinton during Sanders' debate practice.)

 Becoming Ms. Cruz. This story chronicles how Heidi Nelson Cruz, wife of Ted Cruz, went from George W. Bush policy aide to Goldman Sachs exec to her husband's "all-purpose surrogate and strategist to be deployed as often as possible." New York Times

 Parsing the pantsuit. Fortune's Valentina Zarya responds to a ridiculous Slate story that claims Hillary Clinton "dresses like a lesbian." Although Slate intends to praise Clinton for dressing in a way that defies the "male gaze," it ends up making sweeping generalizations about women of all sexualities.  Fortune

 It's kind of a funny story. This story reveals how comedians Courtney Pauroso and Beth Stelling inspired the women of the L.A. comedy scene to kick alleged assaulters and harassers out of their community. Buzzfeed

 Book 'em. StyleSeat, which helps independent hair stylists, manicurists, and masseuses schedule clients and manage their business, is buying rival BeautyBooked. Melody McCloskey, StyleSeat’s co-founder, says her goal is for StyleSeat to become an OpenTable for the beauty industry. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Caterpillar appointed Denise Johnson as group president of resource industries, making her the company's first-ever female group president.


 CEO sisterhood. Maggie Wilderotter, executive chairman of Frontier Communications—and sister of Campbell Soup Co. CEO Denise Morrison—talks to Fortune about America’s Best Communities, a contest that's doling out $10 million to small U.S. towns.  Fortune

 Mind the gap. The Upshot takes a look at America's stubborn gender wage gap, examining six strategies that could help bring the country closer to pay equality. New York Times

 Two moms, two babies. When Kate Elazegui and Emily Kehe, who was once Fortune's design director, decided to have a baby together, they never expected that they would end up giving birth to two boys just four days apart. I strongly suggest you take a moment to read their surprising and delightful story.  New York Magazine

 Ivory tower takedown. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is pushing for new legislation to address sexism at universities, following accusations of harassment against two high-profile male astronomy professors. In the meantime, a group of female astrologists have started tweeting about their run-ins with sexism using the hashtag #astroSH. New York Times

 Happy birthday, Mrs. O! Michelle Obama turned 52 over the long weekend. Relive the First Lady's most viral moments. InStyle

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A tale of two feminisms at Davos  WEF

A chess prodigy, a mentor, and still a teenage girl  New York Times

Pretty girls make (higher) grades  NPR

Pink 'Ladyball' designed for women footballers has to be seen to be believed  The Telegraph


I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.

President Obama, responding to a question about why tampons are taxed as luxury items in 40 states