The Broadsheet: March 14th


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! SXSW causes a scandal right out of the gate, the ultra-private Shari Redstone sits for an interview, and there’s an ugly sexual abuse case brewing in Silicon Valley. Have a productive Monday.


 SXSW wins one, loses one. Remember the controversy over South by Southwest's decision to cancel a pair of panels devoted to misogyny and bullying in the gaming world—and the subsequent decision to host an all-day session focused on combating online harassment? Well, that event happened on Saturday and went smoothly, although security was super-tight. Not so smooth: the experience of an Olympian—and Muslim—Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was scheduled to speak. She says that despite explaining the religious significance of her hijab, she was asked to remove it for her attendee badge photo.


 Shari speaks. Shari Redstone, daughter of media tycoon Sumner Redstone, has become a business section staple as her father's health worsens. In this rare interview, she talks about her relationship with her dad, her involvement in the Redstone businesses, and her new venture capital firm. New York Times

 Below target. A new German law requiring that women hold 30% of board seats at the country's top companies went into effect this January, yet a new study finds that female representation in the those roles has only reached 22%. Fortune

 An ugly accusation. Michael Goguen, a former partner at Sequoia Capital, is the target of a breach of contract complaint brought by Amber Laurel Baptiste, who accuses Goguen of rape and other disturbing acts of violence. Goguen has responded, saying he has evidence that Baptiste pursed him and that the suit is a result of their relationship's bad ending. Fortune

 Dilma's demise? Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to protest political corruption and the weak economy, and to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Analysts say this latest wave of protests could create enough momentum to lead to her ouster. Bloomberg

 Alba's argument. Jessica Alba posted a statement on the Honest Company website, refuting Wall Street Journal claims that her startup's laundry detergent contains a chemical that Honest Co. urges consumers to avoid. People

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Susanna Homan has been named publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicago Magazine. Homan, who previously led arts and culture weekly Splash, replaces Elizabeth Fenner, a former Fortune editor.


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.

You better believe it. Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance, talks about the importance of building professional confidence—and helping the women you work with do the same.  Fortune

 The waiting game. Worried about starting a new job? There's just one critical thing to avoid, says Dawn Zier, president and CEO of Nutrisystem: waiting. While it's natural to feel some trepidation, this is the perfect time to show your initiative.  Fortune

 Follow the FLOTUS. Kathy Cody, COO of personal lines for Farmers Insurance, has some suggestions for what every female business leader can learn from the legacy of First Lady Nancy Reagan.  Fortune


 Mendoza calls it. Jessica Mendoza, a new addition to ESPN's baseball play-by-play team, talks about how she got the job, what it's like to be a female MLB analyst, and how her dad's involvement in her softball career put her on the path to where she is today. New York Times

 Maya takes Manhattan. Looks like Samantha Bee is getting some female company in late-night: Maya Rudolph and Martin Short’s new variety show, Maya and Marty in Manhattan, will premiere on NBC in May.  Fortune

 The ultimate edit. Geneticist Jennifer Doudna is part of a UC Berkeley team in the midst of a patent battle over Crispr-Cas9, a technique for editing DNA. Doudna talks about the technology's vast potential—and why she doesn't believe it should be used to manipulate the genes of human embryos. WSJ

Reading RBG. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is working on My Own Words, a book that will collect her speeches and writing. Fortune

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Caitlyn Jenner is the new face of H&M Sport  Fortune

Marvel is calling on girls to save the world with science  Gizmodo

The 30 most creative women in advertising  Business Insider

This company perfectly trolled Bic for those ridiculous 'For Her' pens  Huffington Post


This is pretty nuanced stuff and putting it all in one song was tough. And that's why this is not a feminist song. We tried real hard, but it took too long.

Lyrics from 'This Is Not A Feminist Song,' an <em>SNL</em> digital short touching on the complications of pop stars making a 'feminist anthems.'

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