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The Broadsheet: February 29th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. “Amy” wins an Oscar, Hillary Clinton looks toward a Super Tuesday sweep, and Melissa Harris-Perry is officially off the air. Happy leap day!


No elephant at the Oscars. In a controversial monologue at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, host Chris Rock addressed the fact that there were no black nominees head-on, while also suggesting that there is no justifiable reason for gendered acting categories. Speaking of female winners, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander took home Oscars for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. “Amy,” a look at the rise and loss of Amy Winehouse, won for best documentary feature.


HRC takes SC. On the heels of a major win in South Carolina on Saturday, Hillary Clinton turns her attention to “Super Tuesday,” when a dozen states will hold their nominating contests. Clinton is expected to widen her lead against Bernie Sanders, thanks largely to African-American voters.  CNN

Meg’s unimpressed. Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the former finance co-chair of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, denounced the New Jersey Governor’s endorsement of Donald Trump, calling it “an astonishing display of political opportunism.”   Fortune

No more Melissa. Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show has been cancelled after a clash with the network over airtime and editorial freedom. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head,” the television host wrote in an email to the network’s staff members on Friday. Two days later, the network comfirmed it had “parted ways” with Harris-Perry. New York Times

Uh oh, HR. One in five human resources managers admit that men at their companies earn more than women doing the same work.  Fortune

All too real. We see what it’s like to be a woman trying to raise venture capital through the eyes of Doxa co-founder Nathalie Miller, a former Instacart exec. “How high can I stack the cards against myself—a pregnant brown woman?” she asks. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: GroupSJR, a creative agency under the WPP umbrella, has hired marketing vet and former Xerox CMO Christa Carone as its COO.


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.

Mentors mean less. In a woman’s career, sponsorship is much more important than mentorship, writes Teresa Briggs, vice chair and West region managing partner at Deloitte.  Fortune

Startups step-by-step. Avery Roth, founder and CEO of The Startup Consulting Group, has a four-step process for coming up with a really good business idea.  Fortune

No “I” in team. Every day you come into work, it’s the company name on your sweatshirt and not your name, says Stephanie Linnartz, EVP and global COO for Marriott International.  Fortune


Still a leap. Irish tradition dictates that on Feb. 29th, or “leap day,” gender roles are reversed and a woman can ask for a man’s hand in marriage. The Times’ Alix Strauss dives into the rite’s history and why women still rarely pop the question. New York Times

Daddy’s girl? Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s longtime ruler José Eduardo dos Santos, is Africa’s wealthiest woman. There has long been speculation that her money comes from her father’s access to state oil revenue but, in a rare interview, she insists that she is “not financed by any state money or any public funds.” WSJ

Doing it together. Hollywood heavy hitters Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Hardwicke are helping to launch We Do It Together, a nonprofit film production company focused on film and TV projects that empower women.  Variety

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Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez on kicking down barriers for young girls Fortune

I prosecuted O.J. Simpson. Here’s what I learned about race and justice in America.  Vox

The best African American figure skater is now broke and living in a trailer  Washington Post

Why this airline is being sued for sexism Fortune

Note: In last Friday’s Broadsheet, I mistakenly referred to Julia Hartz as the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite. She is the co-founder and president.


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