The Broadsheet: February 1st

February 1, 2016, 12:55 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton heads into the today’s Iowa caucus with some big backers, the SAGs school the Oscars, and Liz Cheney throws her hat back into the ring. Have a fantastic Monday.


 Take notes, Oscars. A flurry of awards from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival provided a stark contrast to the diversity-impaired Oscars. Among the winners: Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, and Idris Elba. Time


 Hillary's fans... Just in time for today's Iowa caucus, the New York Times editorial board is endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, calling her "one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history." Clinton also picked up a stamp of approval from Lilly Ledbetter, the activist who made it easier for women to challenge their employers over unfair pay.

...vs. Bernie's booster. While Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has yet to endorse a presidential candidate, Fortune's Tory Newmyer argues that she's made a better case for Bernie Sanders than the Vermont Senator has made for himself. Fortune

 Donald's discriminating? Elizabeth Mae Davidson, a former paid organizer for Donald Trump who was fired this month, has accused his campaign of gender discrimination, alleging that men were paid more for the same jobs and were allowed to plan and speak at rallies, while her requests to do so were ignored. She also said the presidential candidate once told her and a fellow volunteer: “You guys could do a lot of damage,” referring to their looks. New York Times

Being Belle. For Belle McElroy, protagonist of Maureen Sherry's new novel, getting groped on the trading floor and shrugging off lewd remarks is just part of working on Wall Street. But while Belle’s on-the-job trials are fictional, many of them were inspired by the real life of Sherry, once a managing director at the failed New York-based investment bank, Bear Stearns.  Fortune

 Uncertainty over Ursula. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns defended the decision to split her 109-year-old company in two, insisting that it wasn't driven by activist investor Carl Icahn. It remains unclear what role—if any—she will play in the post-split companies. WSJ

Down under duel. In her first-ever Grand Slam final, Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams to win the 2016 Australian Open. SI

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Claudia Fan Munce, a 30-year veteran of the venture group at IBM, has joined New Enterprise Associates as a venture advisor. Anne Richards has been appointed CEO of M&G Investments, an investment management company under the Prudential Group umbrella.


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here's some of the best of what we heard last week.

 It's no time. Sarah Kauss, founder and CEO of S’well, explains why she's resolved to make 2016 "the year of no."  Fortune

Invest in relationships. One of the biggest mistakes a founder can make, say Monarq's Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya, is to think of fundraising as just a single moment in time. Fortune

 Time to trend. Is your brand looking to capture this year's zeitgeist? Getty Images CMO Susan Smith Ellis has six predictions for the big trends of 2016. Fortune


 An 'A' for effort. In the wake of the White House's announcement that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will start collecting pay data from companies in an effort to narrow the wage gap, Fortune's Claire Zillman takes a look back on the steps Obama has taken over the past seven years to promote equal pay. Fortune

 India's paradox. This fascinating story—part of series—digs into the reasons that women's participation in India's workforce has fallen since 2005, even as the nation's economy has grown, education levels have climbed and fertility has dropped. New York Times

 Birchbox's make-under. Beauty sample subscription startup Birchbox, led by CEO Katia Beauchamp, is cutting 15% of staff and suspending operations in Canada. Bloomberg

 Cheney 2.0. Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of Dick Cheney, is expected to announce today that she will run for Wyoming’s lone House seat. She previously ran for, and lost, a U.S Senate bid. Politico

 Novel strategy. Romance novelist Meredith Wild successfully self-published her work on sites like Amazon. But to get her novels into bookstores, she decided to take her independent business to the next level, founding her own imprint and acquiring the works of other self-published writers. New York Times

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