The Broadsheet: May 3

May 3, 2016, 12:07 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! We meet the woman behind the “Oscars of food,” an abortion advocate won’t be silenced, and Tory Burch embraces ambition. Have a productive Tuesday.


A stock answer? Fortune's Valentina Zarya has the scoop on Bloomberg's new Financial Gender Equality Index, which includes 26 publicly-traded companies that have been vetted for gender diversity and women-friendly policies. The index will provide a trove of data about the included companies—and an easy way for investors to gauge their performance relative to the broader market. This index, along with a small but growing ranks of diversity-related ETFs and index funds, gives me hope that the market is beginning to accept the growing body of research that finds that female leadership and gender diversity help the bottom line. Fortune


 Foodies' first lady. Last night, the James Beard Foundation gave out its prestigious annual awards—the "Oscars of food"—to the best restaurants and chefs in the country. Notable female honorees included Renee Erickson of Seattle's Whale Wins and Daniela Soto-Innes of NYC's Cosme. Susan Ungaro, the woman behind the awards, talks to Fortune about the awards and how she got to be the first lady of fine dining. Fortune

 First Monday in May. The Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual Met Gala—a.k.a.“the party of the year”—yesterday. This year's Anna Wintour-approved theme was fashion and technology, making for some very unusual outfit choices. My personal favorite was Katy Perry's getup, which combined a Prada gown with a Tamagotchi. Check out more Gala photos here: Vogue

 Mad about Madison Ave. Even though the ad industry is now roughly 50% female, women in the industry continue to report that gender bias affects "how they are treated at work, whom they interact with and what positions they hold." In this story, top execs like FCB global chief creative officer Susan Credle and DDB North America CEO Wendy Clark talk about their run-ins with ad world sexism. New York Times

 Tory gets ambitious. Tory Burch writes about why the word 'ambition' used to make her cringe—and what prompted her to embrace it. Fortune

 Ask and you won't receive. A new Glassdoor survey blows up the myth that men—unlike women—are great at asking for higher salaries, finding that more than half of all employees settle for their employer's first offer. However, those women who do try to negotiate tend to be less successful, according to the survey, which finds that 15% of men are able to talk their way into a higher paycheck, vs 4% of women. Fortune

 Suing for her say. OB/GYN and abortion provider advocate Diane Horvath-Cosper filed a federal civil rights complaint charging that the MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated the law by forbidding her, due to security concerns, from speaking publicly in defense of abortion. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Hillary Clinton has brought on Minyon Moore as a senior campaign advisor. Nielsen Holdings named Lauren Zalaznick, a former NBCUniversal exec who now advises and invests in digital media startups, to its board of directors.


 A mightier military. This Bloomberg editorial argues that involving more women in the armed forces (e.g., allowing women in combat roles, requiring draft registration, etc.) will result in a stronger military at a critical time: "As it faces Islamic extremism, a rising China and an unpredictable Russia, the U.S. military needs to draw on the talent pool of all Americans—not just half of them." Bloomberg

 Oprah gets immortal. Oprah Winfrey will start in HBO Films' upcoming The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Rebecca Skloot. Deadline

I ain't afraid of no troll. The trailer for the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot is the most "disliked" movie preview of all time on YouTube. While it's hard to know for sure how many of those pans are related to the gender of the cast, Sony has had to remove a number of misogynist comments and director Paul Feig says he's been dealing with sexist feedback throughout the project. Fortune

 Lesbians are princesses too. The Twitterverse is calling on Disney to give the powerful ice princess Elsa a female love interest in the forthcoming sequel to Frozen, making her the first LGBT princess in the Disney canon. Search the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to see what supporters of the idea have to say. Fortune

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' debuts at No.1 with huge streaming numbers  New York Times

Harassed on Twitter? You can now report up to 5 tweets at once  WSJ


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