The Broadsheet: April 29th

April 29, 2016, 11:25 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Sandra Bland’s mother speaks out, Capt. Kristen Griest achieves yet another first, and Etsy says, “No gender? No problem!” Have a wonderful weekend.


 Weighty words. Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas jail cell last summer, delivered a powerful speech to the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. "I don’t come here playing games with you all. I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing," she said, urging the crowd to "wake up, get up, step up, or shut up." Let her words light a fire under your Friday—the full text is here: Fusion


 Follow the leader. Capt. Kristen Griest was one of the first two women ever to graduate from the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger school. Now, with her graduation from the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, she has become the first woman able to lead an infantry unit into combat.  New York Times

My new hero. Natalie Clarke, a ninth grader who owns 5,000 shares of Bank America stock given to her when she was a baby, has attended three of the bank's annual meetings, asking questions about how much women are paid compared to men, what the bank is doing to raise share price, and why it laid off her father. WSJ

 War of the words. Melania Trump responded to reporter Julia Ioffe's GQ's profile of her, calling it "yet another example of the dishonest media and their disingenuous reporting." Now, the Russian-born, Jewish Ioffe is getting sexist and anti-Semitic threats from Donald Trump's supporters. One of the most disturbing attacks? An anonymous caller played Ioffe a Hitler speech.

 Clooney 2020? Speaking to the BBC, Amal Clooney effortlessly punctured Donald Trump's scare tactics around Muslims and Mexicans. She also addressed his sexism, saying, "If, at the end of all of this, he gets beaten by the person who becomes the first female president of the United States, then I think that would send a very positive message from the electorate back to him as to what they really think of those points of view." Fortune

 No gender? No problem! Craft marketplace Etsy decided to make an unusual change to the way it categorizes employees: eliminating the gender binary. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Vox Media named former Yahoo! Inc. president and CFO Susan Decker to its board.


 Getting carded. The Upshot takes on Donald Trump's allegation that Hillary Clinton's "women’s card" confers an enormous electoral advantage, noting that the U.S. elects fewer women than does nearly any other developed nation.  New York Times

 Uber ethics. Arianna Huffington is now on Uber's board of directors. Will that affect The Huffington Post's coverage of the ride-hailing giant? Fortune

 All about Abby. Former Broadsheet editor Caroline Fairchild talks to soccer legend Abby Wambach about what she's learned from Sheryl Sandberg, how she thinks we can close the gender pay gap, and, yes, her recent DUI.   LinkedIn

 Bordeaux broads. Meet the young women who are changing the way France's Bordeaux region makes and sells wine. Bloomberg

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New Tumblr reveals Hollywood sexism  Telegraph

Warsan Shire, the woman who gave poetry to Beyonce's 'Lemonade'   New York Times

University of Washington cheerleading squad slammed for poster with body requirements  People

Cruz picked Carly Fiorina to troll Trump  Time


I was 19, making sure I had baggy clothes on, trying to blend in, trying to make sure I knew all my stuff, to be sitting at a table full of guys talking about hip-hop. I wasn’t consciously thinking: ’Cause I’m a woman, I have to know more. But I wanted to know more. I wanted to sit at the table with them.

Hip-hop radio personality Angie Martinez on the early days of her career.