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The Broadsheet: May 10th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Dilma Rousseff has had a rollercoaster 24 hours, eight women CEOs are raking it in, and Elizabeth Warren writes an anti-Trump playbook. Have a fantastic Tuesday.


To vote or not to vote? A little-known Brazilian legislator threw his country’s government into chaos yesterday. Waldir Maranhão, the new speaker of the lower house of Congress, shockingly annulled his peers’ vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff just two days before the Senate was expected to weigh in. An hour after the annulment, Senate president Renan Calheiros dismissed it as invalid and said that the Senate would hold its vote as scheduled. Maranhão reversed his decision early this morning, offering no explanation as to why. The impeachment proceedings against Rousseff are scheduled to begin tomorrow.


• Elite eight. A new report finds that women CEOs at the 100 largest public companies earned average compensation of $22.7 million in 2015, compared to $14.9 million for their male counterparts. But before we declare the CEO pay gap closed (or reversed), it’s worth noting that these female leaders are a pretty small sample size—just eight out of 100. Washington Post

• Panama Papers MPWs. The enormous database of “Panama Papers” documents—most of which relate to offshore financial accounts used as tax havens (in some cases for money laundering and corruption)—is now publicly available online. The database revealed a slew of female “power players,” including prominent politicians like Baroness Pamela Sharples, a member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, and Kalpana Rawal, the deputy chief justice of the Kenya’s supreme court. Fortune

 Do as Warren does. Looking at Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest Twitter dustup with Donald Trump, the New York Times‘ Ashley Parker speculates that Warren could provide a model for how Democrats can take on the presumptive GOP nominee: get aggressive, unify the base, and provoke him into a reaction. New York Times

GLAAD she’s out. GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis says coming out as gay was the best thing she ever did for her career.”It wasn’t until I actually came out that I felt like my career really flourished because then I was being authentic and true and that showed in the work that I was doing,” says the head of the LGBT media monitoring organization.  Fortune

• Bantering with Banister. In a ProductHunt Live Chat, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister told the story of how she became an early investor in Uber. I’m no venture capital expert, but I’d say it was a good move: The company is now worth more than 13,000 times what it was when she invested in 2010. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Melissa Reiff is set to become the new CEO of The Container Store. Currently the company’s operations chief, she will succeed CEO and founder Kip Tindell, who is stepping down this summer.


• Barry on Bey. In his commencement address to Howard University’s Class of 2016, President Obama noted how few black men and women were in positions of power when he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. “Now Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday night and Beyonce runs the world,” he said. Fortune

• Ri-Ri rules! Rihanna has announced a new scholarship fund that will provide awards of up to $50,000 for students living in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the U.S. who have been accepted into a four-year college.  New York Magazine

50 shades more sexist. According to a new study of 715 young women, those who’ve read the Fifty Shades of Grey series tend to have more and stronger sexist beliefs than those who haven’t. The study did not determine whether participants developed sexist attitudes by reading the books or already had those beliefs, but previous research suggests that consuming sexist media can help shape beliefs about gender and relationships. Slate

• Wonderful news. Lynda Carter, who always will be Wonder Woman to me, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 41st annual Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. EW

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Bahrain will release prominent female activist  New York Times

New parents steer clear of names ‘Hillary’ and ‘Donald’  WSJ

Action figures show us the nonsense women face at work  Wired


She told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody's looking and go all out.

Serena Williams, on Beyonce's instructions for the tennis star's appearance in the video album, <em>Lemonade</em>.