The Broadsheet: March 16th

March 16, 2016, 12:01 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary crushes Bernie, Etsy goes gender-neutral, and a new ad throws Donald Trump’s sexism into stark relief. Have a productive Wednesday.


 Hillary's super Wednesday. Hillary Clinton won four of the five states up for grabs in yesterday's Super Tuesday primaries, with the fifth, Missouri, still too close to call. That's a big psychological win after her surprise loss to Bernie Sanders in Michigan last week, reassuring the candidate that her message about jobs and the economy is resonating. “We are moving close to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” said Clinton, who now has a commanding lead over Sanders in the delegate race. So, if she does win the nomination, who will she meet in the general? Donald Trump—who spent part of last night reviving his feud with Megyn Kelly on Twitter—has looked all but inevitable, but lost Ohio to John Kasich Tuesday, making Trump's path to the ticket much more difficult.


Flint fact-finding. Susan Hedman, former director of the EPA's Midwest regional office, was the target of withering criticism yesterday as she testified at a congressional hearing about the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan. Chicago Tribune

 Queen of all media. In addition to her impressive social media skills (experts tell The Verge she's "mastered" the medium), First Lady Michelle Obama is skilled at getting celebrities on board with White House causes. Indeed, just this morning, Obama announced a new song featuring Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson, and other big-name artists, which will serve as an anthem and fundraising tool for her Let Girls Learn campaign.

He said what?! Want to start your morning with a rage blackout? That's what happened to me after watching this ad showing ordinary women repeating some of the most sexist things Donald Trump has said. Fortune

Reality check. Employers report that women in their thirties are leaving them primarily because of flexibility needs and family demands. The real reason? Money. Women—like men—are more likely to leave because of compensation than anything else.  Harvard Business Review

 One size fits all. Etsy announced a new gender-blind parental leave policy, which will provide moms and dads with 26 weeks of paid leave. Fortune

 Did Dilma know? Senator Delcídio do Amaral, a member of the same party as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, has accused Rousseff of knowing about wrongdoing at state oil company Petrobras. This is the first time that Rousseff has been directly linked to the corruption scandal threatening to topple her government. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The U.S. Small Business Administration has appointed Tracy Terrill as chief digital officer. Raji Arasu, previously CTO of StubHub, has joined Intuit as the senior vice president of platform and services. Claudia Fan Munce, a former IBM exec, will join the Best Buy board of directors.


 Parsing the pundits. Gina Glantz, founder of GenderAvenger, writes about her group's decision to monitor how many female analysts appear on each major cable news show in the lead-up to the election. Last week's standout was The Rachel Maddow Show, with 50% female pundits. Fortune

 The pay problem. Despite the Obama administration's focus on the gender pay gap, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs settled just eight pay-discrimination cases in fiscal 2015—the lowest annual total since Obama took office. While there's disagreement over why that number is low, most observers agree that the agency lacks the expertise required to find and fix unequal pay. WSJ

 Sally says no. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the White House will not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean—a shift from its previous stance. Time

She takes Chi-Town. Kim Foxx won the Democratic primary for Cook County state's attorney Tuesday night, largely due to discontent over incumbent Anita Alvarez's handling of the Laquan McDonald police shooting case.  Chicago Tribune

Yas, kween? Hillary Clinton will make a cameo on Broad City Wednesday night. Co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson have maintained that the candidate's appearance shouldn't be read an endorsement, but it sure looks like one to me. Fortune

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I cheer for women to succeed because I know when an actress succeeds that means there’s going to be that many more roles for women because an audience is going to demand it.

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