The Broadsheet: February 3rd


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Marissa Mayer wants to get back to basics, Alison Overholt becomes the first woman to edit a major U.S. sports magazine, and Time gets a new Motto. Enjoy your Wednesday.


 Marissa's fine mess. Fortune's Erin Griffith weighs in on CEO Marissa Mayer's plan to simplify Yahoo. While Mayer acknowledges that the company's situation is complex—Griffith prefers the term "complicated mess"—she insists that cutting staff by 15% and spending less on certain products will "create the best version of Yahoo we can possibly create.” The problem, according to Griffith: "Most shareholders have already decided that even the best version of Yahoo is worthless."   Fortune


Real-life superwomen. Women aren’t just appearing in more comic books—they're also creating them. Fortune talked to three female editors from Marvel Comics about what it’s like to be a woman in what many consider to be a little boy’s world.  Fortune

That's my Motto. Check out Motto, a new site from the editors of Time, which is dedicated to empowering millennial women. Today's lead story: "How Much Would You Make if You Were a Man?"  Motto

 Horror movie. No Más Bebés is a new documentary from historian Virginia Espino and filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña. It tells the shocking story of a 1975 class-action lawsuit alleging that Los Angeles County U.S.C. Medical Center was systematically sterilizing Spanish-speaking mothers without their knowledge or permission. New York Times Magazine

 Campaigning while female. How has being a woman affected Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? In Time, Darlena Cunha asserts that Clinton has been forced to rein in who she is—"a hard-lined, experienced, ambitious politician"—and adopt a grandmotherly persona to become more likable. New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister, meanwhile, contrasted Clinton's pragmatic tone with the fiery rhetoric of Bernie Sanders, writing: "Here is a truth about America: No one likes a woman who yells loudly about revolution."

 Are you on the list? The Boardlist, a tool designed to match companies looking for board members with qualified female candidates, is live—and expanding internationally. Fortune

 We’re into it, Intel. Intel’s 2015 diversity report reveals that the tech giant’s workforce is now nearly a quarter female (up 5.4% from 2014), and that its female employees’ salaries are on par with those of their male counterparts.  Fortune

 Where women aren't winning. A new government report reveals that women-owned businesses are 21% less likely to win federal contracts. Moreover, just 4.7% of federal contract dollars went to companies owned by women in 2014.  New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Alison Overholt, editor of espnW, is now also the editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, making her the first woman to edit a major U.S. sports magazine. Pritzker Group Venture Capital announced that Sonia Nagar has joined the firm as vice president. Most recently, she was VP of product and head of mobile apps for RetailMeNot. GitHub VP of engineering Susan Lally has left the company.


 Meg takes the stump. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is spending a week on the trail with Gov. Chris Christie as he campaigns ahead of New Hampshire's presidential primary. Fortune

 Delhi (finally) does it. In a landmark verdict, the high court of Delhi has ruled that the eldest female member of a family can be its “Karta,” a position that allows a family member to make managerial decisions such as the sale and purchase of family assets.  Times of India

 The fairest of them all. The Annie Leibovitz-shot cover of Vanity Fair's new Hollywood issue features thirteen of Tinseltown's most sensational women—including several over the age of 50. Vanity Fair

Brave new world? Kathy Niakan, a British researcher from the Francis Crick Institute, has received permission to use a new genome editing technique on human embryos. New York Times

 Role model. Christy Turlington Burns talks about transitioning from supermodel to activist and founder of Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit that works to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth. WSJ

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Serena Williams tackles cruel labels in MINI Super Bowl ad campaign  Fortune

Best Coast's frontwoman on battling the patriarchy  Lenny Letter

Why one of Coke's star female execs gave it up to join an ad agency  Business Insider

Miki Agrawal's panty raid  New York Magazine


To sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking.

Halle Berry, on being the only African-American actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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