The Broadsheet: March 11th

March 11, 2016, 12:36 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! There are stomach-churning claims made against a Madison Avenue CEO, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is in hot water yet again, and new proof that men are clueless about women—at least when it comes to what we go through at work. Have a wonderful weekend.


 Worst boss ever? A lawsuit filed by J. Walter Thompson's chief communications officer Erin Johnson makes a slew of horrific allegations against the ad giant's CEO, Gustavo Martinez. According to her suit, Martinez repeatedly made sexist, anti-Semitic, and racial slurs against company employees. One of the suit’s most shocking claims is that Martinez said that a female executive needed to be “raped into submission.” The ad boss says there is "absolutely no truth" to the charges. Fortune


 Mayer wants to stay. During an interview with Charlie Rose on Thursday evening, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she hopes to stay at the helm of the company—even if it changes hands. Re/Code's Kara Swisher calls the conversation part of a "public relations convince shareholders that she is the rightful leader of the company." Re/Code

 Not so honest? According to Wall Street Journal tests, laundry detergent from Honest Company, Jessica Alba's natural products startup, contains a cleaning agent called sodium lauryl sulfate—which the company specifically cautions consumers to avoid. WSJ

SEAL sisters? According to new timelines released by the U.S. Defense Department, the first female Navy SEAL candidates could arrive at pre-training as early as May. San Diego Union-Tribune

 A new friend. Ainsley Earhardt, the new co-host of Fox & Friends, talks about filling the shoes of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, balancing her new job with life as a new mom, and the dustup between Donald Trump and her colleague Megyn Kelly. Fortune

 Easy for you to say. A new survey finds that 67% of men believe “men and women have equal opportunities” in most workplaces. Not surprisingly, women call BS: Only 38% agree that’s the case.  Fortune

 Give-back gals. Inside Philanthropy has a new list out of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy. It includes Melinda Gates, Diane von Furstenberg and Priscilla Chan. Inside Philanthropy

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Yahoo named Catherine Friedman, a former investment banker at Morgan Stanley, to its board.


Oh no, DJ. This one really hits home: An analysis of Dow Jones brands—which include The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and Marketwatch—found that female DJ employees make an average of about 87 cents for every dollar paid to male staffers. Washington Post

Next gen grudge? The friendship between Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump has reportedly hit a rough patch. Politico

 Comstock crosses over. Beth Comstock, GE vice chair and No. 50 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list, writes about "crossovers": The moments when "an invention, idea, or body of knowledge in one field jumps into another—and the result is a quantum leap of progress." Harvard Business Review

 Not ready for her jelly. A new Lane Bryant ad featuring plus-size model Ashley Graham has been rejected by several networks, including ABC and NBC. The spot includes shots of a nude Graham and another model breastfeeding. Is it just me, or does this seem hypocritical for networks that have no problem with Victoria's Secret ads?  People

 A steadfast sponsor. While many of Maria Sharapova's sponsors have bailed in the wake of her drug test failure, racket maker Head announced that it plans to extend its contract with Sharapova. Sports Illustrated

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I no longer have to work based on someone else's expectations or pressure. I put enough pressure on myself.

Beyoncé, in a rare interview

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