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The Broadsheet: February 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Turns out women are fantastic coders—as long as no one knows they’re women, Sports Illustrated makes a plus-sized move, and we could all take a cue from the friendship between Justices Ginsburg and Scalia. Have a productive Tuesday.


• No justice, no peace. The shocking death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia threw the U.S. political world into chaos. Despite Senate Republicans’ insistence that they will not confirm any Obama nominee, the President says he will nominate a replacement. Pundits are already discussing the likely candidates, who include women such as D.C. Circuit Court judge Patricia Ann Millet and Ninth Circuit judge Jacqueline Nguyen. While the brewing fight over the vacancy will undoubtedly push the two parties even further apart, I recommend taking the time to read this tribute to Scalia from his friend, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a reminder that we can still care deeply about people with whom we passionately disagree.


• Taylor’s pep talk. Taylor Swift was one of the big winners at last night’s Grammys, taking home Album of the Year for 1989. She addressed her young female fans—and alluded to her latest beef with Kanye West—in her acceptance speech, saying, “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you’re going, you will look around and know it is you and the people who love you who put you there.”  EW

• Gits my goat. A study found that software code written by women was more likely to be approved by their peers than code written by men. Sadly, that wasn’t the extent of the findings—the researchers also discovered that this pattern only held true so long as their peers didn’t realize the code had been written by a woman.  The Guardian

• Fit for the future. Sarah Robb O’Hagan tells Fortune why she’s stepping down as president of Equinox Holdings, parent of fitness chains Equinox, Pure Yoga, and Soul Cycle, and what she plans to do next. Fortune

• They’ve got it covered. Sports Illustrated will have three separate cover models on its upcoming swimsuit edition—including plus-size model Ashely Graham, who says the magazine “didn’t reshape my body in any way, shape or form.” SI

• Getting radical. While Gloria Steinem’s claim that young women support Bernie Sanders because of the “boys” made headlines, most people missed another statement she made during the same appearance: “[Older] women get more radical because they lose power as they age.” It’s an important insight as we try to understand the disconnect between younger and older women on the importance of electing a female president. Huffington Post

• Meg gets a trim. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman received a smaller bonus last year, bringing her total comp to $17.1 million, down 13% from 2014. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kirthiga Reddy, Facebook’s managing director in India, says she will step down, days after a government regulator banned a key Facebook initiative in the country. Krista Berry is out as Kohl’s EVP and chief digital officer. Lisa McKnight, a veteran Mattel marketer, has been named head of the company’s global Barbie business. Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Jester Turney quit unexpectedly.


• Sunlight solution? The British government will require employers with more than 250 workers to disclose their gender pay gaps. The data will be published on a public, searchable website.  Fortune

• Balancing act. Simone Biles, who has a record-setting 14 world championship medals, may be the best American gymnast of all time. With the Rio Olympic Games coming up, here’s a look at how the 18-year-old handles the pressure of being the runaway favorite for gold. New York Times

• #JournalismIsNotACrime. American Anna Therese Day is one of four journalists who were detained in Bahrain on Sunday. The Daily Beast

• Partner partners. This pair of Fortune stories looks at women who run, or have run, businesses with their significant others. One shares the tips and tricks of couples who make it work—while the other reveals the horror stories of ventures that didn’t end happily ever after.

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Inside the strange and beautiful box economy of women’s prisons  Broadly

She quit Wall Street to pen a comic novel on outing sexist bosses  Bloomberg

VCs: Don’t compare me to your wife, just don’t  Medium

Designer Rebecca Minkoff on mastering the millennial mindset  Fortune


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