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The Broadsheet: March 31st

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A female founder shares her tale of fundraising while pregnant, top players on the U.S. women’s soccer team are taking the sport to court, and Trump manages to find a new way to infuriate women. Enjoy your Thursday.


• Trumping his worst. Donald Trump sunk to a new low yesterday when he told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who get abortions, should the procedure be banned in the U.S. He went on to say a man who impregnated a woman who had an abortion would not bear the same responsibility.

Then, just hours later, Trump tried to walk back the remarks, saying that the doctor would actually be the legally responsible party. While only 54% of women identify as pro-choice, I imagine that his ham-handed treatment of the issue managed to alienate even many of those who share his pro-life stance. If this is how Trump plans to win over female voters, who already have a low opinion of the candidate, he is even more deluded than he appears.


• Fair play. On Thursday, five key members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team—the current Women’s World Cup and Olympic champion—plan to file a federal complaint charging U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport, with wage discrimination. The players involved are co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.  New York Times

• Full-term sheet. Talia Goldstein, founder of dating site Three Day Rule, writes about raising a round of funding while pregnant. While ultimately successful, she discovered a disconcerting pattern: No one who met her for the first time while she was visibly pregnant ended up investing. Fortune

• Cruz woos women. In a clear attempt to distinguish himself from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz hosted a “celebration of women.” The Texas Senator said this was the first time his mom, Eleanor, ever participated in a political event. The AP

• The new Nooyi? PepsiCo is promoting Al Carey, a 35-year company vet and current CEO of its North America Beverages division, to CEO of North America. Analysts see this new role, in which Carey will report directly to company CEO Indra Nooyi, as boosting Carey’s credentials to succeed the 60-year-old Nooyi as chief. Fortune

• Parsing the pill. The FDA announced that it will relax the restrictions around a pill that induces abortion. Fortune

• A deadly accusation. A Bangladeshi court has ordered the arrest of opposition leader Khaleda Zia over charges that she orchestrated the deadly firebombing of a bus in the wake of the country’s controversial 2014 election. WSJ

• Girl grads. New U.S. Census data reveals that women have finally achieved equality with men when it comes to college degrees. Huffington Post


• Callan takes CNBC. Erin Callan went on CNBC yesterday—her first public appearance since resigning as CFO of Lehman Brothers. Among the takeaways: She regrets being featured in a Wall Street Journal story that included glamorizing photos and she would “absolutely not” work with former Lehman CEO Dick Fuld again. WSJ

• Whitewashing leadership. Depressing, but not surprising: New research finds that black and Hispanic women combined hold just 14% of the leadership roles in corporate America. For some context, white women are at roughly 30%. Fortune

• Put a sock on it. Meet Gina Locklear, the “sock queen of Alabama.” The daughter of mill owners, Locklear transformed the family business into a fashion-forward sock empire. New York Times

A model coder. Model Karlie Kloss writes about the new Kode with Klossy summer camp, an expansion of the coding scholarship she launched last summer. The camp will allow 80 young women to learn the ins and outs of programming language Ruby. Motto

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Whoopi Goldberg launches medical marijuana product targeted at menstrual cramps  Vanity Fair

Hillary Clinton takes aim at Trump in her first New York TV ad  Fortune

Luckiest Girl Alive author says writing helped her cope with abuse  Today

5 startups changing the way women think about their periods  Fortune


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