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The Broadsheet: March 29th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Jill Abramson gets a new gig, a former Trump insider tells all, and the number of Fortune 500 companies with all-male boards is…climbing? Have a fantastic Tuesday.


• 24 boys clubs. When Fortune last year crunched the numbers on Fortune 500 companies with all-male boards, we were disappointed to discover that they still ranked in the double-digits: 23. So imagine our surprise this year when we revisited the list and found that it has increased to 24. Working on the project, I was particularly struck by the number of companies that completely failed to respond to our requests for comment. Here’s a newsflash, folks: Ignoring this issue isn’t going to make it go away. Fortune


• An end to emailgate? The LA Times reports that federal prosecutors investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server are in the process of arranging interviews with her closest aides—and possibly Clinton herself—signaling that the inquiry is nearing a close. While experts maintain that there’s little chance that Clinton will be prosecuted, the issue is likely to dog Clinton throughout the remaining primaries and, depending on the findings, into the general election. Having a tough time following the twists and turns of this scandal? Check out the Washington Posts impressive deep dive, which traces emailgate back to its roots in her first days as Secretary of State.

• Testing the tests. In yet another blow to Elizabeth Holmes’ beleaguered blood-testing startup, a new study finds that Theranos’ test results reported “tests outside of the normal range” 1.6 times more often than did the two leading independent labs, LabCorp and Quest. The company’s tests were also unable to obtain results from a sample more often than those of its rivals.   Fortune

• With great power comes great responsibility. Fortune‘s Jennifer Reingold talks to Nancy Hill, CEO and president of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, about diversity in the ad industry. Hill, who does not believe the recent J. Walter Thompson scandal was “an isolated incident,” says that responsibility for diversifying the field lies with CEOs.  Fortune

Ex-Trumper tells all. Stephanie Cegielski, former communications director of the pro-Donald Trump Make America Great Again Super PAC, writes about why she supported the real estate tycoon—and why she changed her mind. It’s a powerful piece from a former believer who slowly came the realization that, “Trump only cares about Trump.” xoJane

• The Abramson update. First, some good news for Jill Abramson fans: The former executive editor of the New York Times has a new gig as a political columnist for  The Guardian U.S. Now the bad: The long-form journalism site she was working on with media mogul Steven Brill has reportedly been put on ice.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS:  Tina Sharkey, founding CEO Sherpa Foundry, is stepping down as the company’s CEO, though she will stay on as a partner.


• Bring the kids to work day, every day. Check out the 24 employers on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies list that offer on-site childcare. Fortune

• On the run. New York Magazine‘s Ann Friedman doesn’t want you to forget about all the non-Hillary women running for office this year. Right now, there are 27 women campaigning for the U.S. Senate, 216 vying for U.S. House seats, and six running for governor. New York Magazine

Teen idol rejection. This fantastic read from Fortune alum (and former Broadsheet pinch hitter!) Deena Shanker is all about the terrifying and exhilarating act of romantic risk-taking and the way that rejection can make you stronger—or at least leave you with a killer story. Quartz

• It ain’t easy being red. Given New Hampshire’s recent tendency to vote blue, this election was never going to be smooth sailing for Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. But if Donald Trump ends up as her party’s nominee, it’s likely to galvanize Democratic voters even further, making Ayotte’s race all the tougher. New York Times

• Glass house governor? As Maryland’s legislature considers a bill that would address gender pay inequities in the state, the Washington Post ran numbers on the wage disparity in local government, finding a notable gap in GOP Governor Larry Hogan’s office. Washington Post

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Suit challenges NC law overturning anti-discrimination measures  New York Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make a cameo in The Merchant of Venice  Time

Donald Trump explains why his past sexist comments shouldn’t count  Vanity Fair

It’s not ‘crazy’ to feel angry sometimes  Motto


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