The Broadsheet: February 19th

February 19, 2016, 12:31 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Rihanna gives Puma a boost, there’s a new reason to throw shade at the Oscars, and we learn why GOP women are MIA from the Senate Judiciary Committee. I’m headed off on vacation, so the fantastic Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) will be filling in for the next two weeks. See you in March!


 GOP-free judiciary. No Republican woman has ever served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that questions Supreme Court nominees. Here's why. Time


 And the Oscar goes to...a man. Looks like a lack of racial diversity isn't the Academy's only problem: A ten-year study of Oscar nominations finds that women have represented only 20% of non-acting nominations over the past decade.  Variety

 What's up, Watson? IBM Watson Health general manager Deborah DiSanzo talks to Fortune about the company's planned $2.6 billion acquisition of Truven Health, which will add 200 million data records to Watson's trove of info. Fortune

 Manning up to Manning. After 20-year-old allegations that Peyton Manning sexually assaulted a woman returned to the headlines following Super Bowl 50, women’s rights group UltraViolet is calling for sponsors to drop ties to the quarterback. Fortune

 Come on, Iran. The international volleyball federation continues to award major tournaments to Iran, despite the fact that women who try to attend these events report being turned away and even threatened. New York Times

A central exit. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor of Malaysia’s central bank and one of the most respected central bankers in Asia, is stepping down in April—a move that is expected to hamper efforts to investigate massive corruption allegations. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Nicole Seligman, president of both Sony Entertainment and Sony Corp. of America, is stepping down from both posts.


 Shop and snap? Cosmopolitan editor and Snapchat board member Joanna Coles says that Sweet, Hearst's collaboration with Snapchat, will eventually morph into an e-commerce platform. Re/Code

 Ri-Ri rebound. Strong demand for sneakers and clothing designed by Rihanna is helping Puma gain ground in the women's activewear market. "The future is female," says CEO Puma Bjorn Gulden. Fortune

 Word is bond. As the tech industry struggles to promote diversity, some companies—including Intel—are making a point of hiring financial underwriting firms owned by women and minorities. Bloomberg

 Self-reflection. Journalist Adrienne LaFrance analyzed her own work to see if it showed signs of gender bias. It did: Only 22% of the people mentioned in her articles were women. “By failing to quote or mention very many women, I’m one of the forces actively contributing to a world in which women’s skills and accomplishments are undermined or ignored, and women are excluded,” she writes.  The Atlantic

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Wow, Kim Kardashian's mobile game is really popular GameSpot

Elderly women are getting less lonely  Fortune

The subversive women who self-publish novels amid jihadist war  Wired

Orthodox Jewish schools 'erased or changed pictures of women in books'  The Guardian


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