Skip to Content

The Broadsheet: May 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. The women who know Donald Trump unload, Sheryl Sandberg makes a memorable commencement speech, and Megyn Kelly might be the next Oprah. Have a lovely Monday.


Times v. Trump. The New York Times Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey interviewed dozens of people who have worked with or for Donald Trump to better understand the presidential contender’s attitude towards women. The 50 interviews and six weeks of research revealed “unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct.” Unsurprisingly, Trump hit back, tweeting that the “failing” Times‘ piece was a “joke” and saying that the newspaper “refused” to interview women that Trump recommended. Barbaro called Trump’s tweet “factually inaccurate” and said that he interviewed and quoted the women his office suggested.


Sheryl at Cal. Sheryl Sandberg addressed the class of 2016 at the University of California at Berkeley on Saturday, speaking of loss and resilience in the wake of her husband’s passing. “The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are,” she told the grads. Read the full transcript here: Fortune

LatAm’s leaders. One day after Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was booted, Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was indicted for endangering the nation’s finances. The New York Times takes a look at how South America’s female leaders are being sidelined and asks whether their gender is a factor in recent events (probably). New York Times

• The next Oprah? Megyn Kelly will take her first crack at a prime-time special on Fox tomorrow. With her Fox News contract expiring next year, there is speculation that the special is a trial-run for an Oprah or Charlie Rose-type talk show.  New York Times

It’s troll season. A video of television meteorologist Liberté Chan being asked to cover up in the middle of her Saturday morning weather forecast went viral this weekend, with the hashtag #sweatergate. “Apparently, some viewers think my dress is too revealing,” Chan says in the video (her shoulders were bare). Fortune

Catz cashes out. Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women topped Bloomberg’s list of highest-paid female execs in 2015. Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was number one, with a compensation package worth $57 million. Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat came in second ($41 million) and GM CEO Mary Barra came in third ($36 million). Bloomberg

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Dr. Redonda Miller has been named Johns Hopkins Hospital’s first female president. Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been chosen to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, making her the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. combat command.


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

Easy as 1-2-3? Deborah Lovich, a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, zeroes in on the three things that have helped her strike a balance between work and home life.  Fortune

Red Cross lessons. Here’s what for-profit businesses can learn from non-profits, according to Gail McGovern, president and CEO of American Red Cross. Fortune

• Have no fear. Jill Larsen, a top human resources exec at Cisco, says those who want to switch careers shouldn’t be afraid. Here’s why. Fortune


Branding a baller. Skylar Diggins is one of the few female basketball players being noticed off the court. Since signing with rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in 2013 (she’s the sports agency’s only female client), she has done deals with Nike and BodyArmor, and posed in Vogue and Sports Illustrated.  ESPN

De-rigging Russia. Ella Pamfilova, Russia’s first female candidate for president (she ran against President Vladimir Putin in 2000) is the newly appointed head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission. Pamfilova has been tasked with ensuring that Russia’s notoriously rigged parliamentary elections are free and fair this fall. Washington Post

Stepping up on Mad Ave. Two months after ad agency J. Walter Thompson’s (now former) CEO was accused of racist and sexist behavior, the firm has formed a new diversity and inclusion committee, which will be led by new CEO Tamara Ingram. Wall Street Journal

The hipster physicist. Wired calls Janna Levin the “chillest astrophysicist alive.” When she’s not doing research at Columbia University or writing books about astrophysics, Levin works alongside artists and musicians as director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a Brooklyn-based science lab/art gallery/learning center. Wired

Share today’s Broadsheet with a friend:

Looking for previous Broadsheets? Click here.


Clinton Cash movie aims to feed anti-Hillary sentiment Fortune

Look at all these men wearing women as backpacks New York Magazine

Paris Hilton to produce ‘unflinching’ documentary about herself The Guardian

Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham team up to take on body shamers Fortune


I never feel like complaining about it but, yes, I think it is. There is something animal in the way we evaluate people. And I have a soft voice, and I wear clothes with flowers on, and heels, and I come across as fragile, even if that is not the case at all. If I had the body and the voice of an alpha male, it would be easier.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director and co-writer of the Turkish Oscar-nominated film <em>Mustang, </em>on how much harder it is to get a movie made as a woman