The Broadsheet: February 23rd

February 23, 2016, 12:41 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Val (@valzarya) here, filling in for Kristen while she’s on vacation. Celebs rally behind pop singer Kesha, the Twitterverse isn’t too happy with Gov. John Kasich, and some sad news from Sen. Claire McCaskill. Enjoy your Tuesday.


#FreeKesha? Big-name musicians from Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift are rallying behind pop singer Kesha after a judge declined her request to be released from a recording contract with music producer Dr. Luke. Kesha alleged in a 2014 lawsuit that Dr. Luke “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for years (charges that Luke disputes). Fortune


 Kasich gets heatGOP candidate John Kasich was criticized by social media users Monday for saying that women "left their kitchens" to help him campaign in the 1970s. The fact that the Ohio Governor signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on Sunday didn't help. Fortune

Women work later. Since December 2007, the share of older working women has grown while every other category of U.S. worker—by gender and age—has declined or stayed flat. WSJ

Time to move? Personal finance website WalletHub created a ranking of the best U.S. cities for women-owned businesses. Nashville, Chattanooga and Columbus, Ohio took the top three slots. Fortune

 Food fighter. Saru Jayaraman is a leading voice in the food labor conversation, campaigning to raise the minimum wage, struggling to eliminate the lower, tipped wage and fighting for mandatory paid sick days for restaurant workers.“You cannot be in the restaurant industry and not have had Saru on your radar,” says famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. New York Times

Get well, Senator! Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced Monday that she has breast cancer. "It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery,” wrote McCaskill said in a heartfelt Tumblr post. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Bernadette Simpao, former VP of corporate communications at AMC Networks, has joined Apple's content PR team. Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times, is leaving to join The Washington Post as its media columnist. Twitter has hired Natalie Kerris, formerly a communications executive at Apple, as VP of global communications. Julie Riewe, a former SEC enforcement attorney, has joined law firm Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner. Leslie Ferraro, Disney’s co-chairwoman of digital media, has resigned.


I am the 4%. Sarah Kunst, founder and CEO of fitness app Proday, responds to news that just 4% of female entrepreneurs are women of color. "With the threshold so low, moving the needle doesn’t take much more than a few investors," she writes in her call to action. Fortune

 Chrissy's cooking. Model and social media maven Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook hits the shelves on Tuesday. Expect a little bit of Teigen's signature sass and a lot of beautiful photos with her husband, Grammy-winning musician John Legend.  Eater

El Chapo's better half. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo,” has spoken to the press for the first time. The 26-year-old former beauty queen insists that her husband—who has been accused of ordering hundreds of killings, kidnappings and acts of torture—is a family man. “He is like any other man—of course he is not violent, not rude,” she says. Los Angeles Times

B-E-Aggressive. If you thought the cheerleaders in your high school were vicious, that's nothing compared to the companies competing for their business. Inc.'s Leigh Buchanan takes us into the surprisingly cutthroat, $300 million cheerleading uniform industry.  Inc.

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Ambitious women often talk about how to balance likability and aggression, but I like to point out that they’re not mutually exclusive. You can be far more aggressive if it’s clothed in likability, and the more likable you are, the more aggressive you can get away with being.

Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and a Shark on <em>ABC</em>’s Shark Tank.