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The Broadsheet: January 20th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Women are gearing up for the March on Washington, Twitter gets more female and non-white, and Anita Hill shares her thoughts on today’s inauguration of Donald Trump. Have a peaceful weekend.


• Walk on. While the big news of the day is obviously Donald Trump’s inauguration, many women are already looking ahead to tomorrow—the Women’s March on Washington.

The once-blurry details about the march are coming into focus. The route and speaker lineup have been announced. On the list: feminist mainstay Gloria Steinem, actress America Ferrera, writer and TV host Melissa Harris-Perry, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and a host of other big names—plus music from performers including Janelle Monáe and Angelique Kidjo.

The event is not explicitly partisan, though its “Unity Principles” include a strong stance in favor of issues like reproductive and immigrants’ rights, which have prompted some conservative and anti-abortion women to say that they don’t feel welcome to attend. It’s also opened up old rifts around race that have long haunted the women’s movement.

Nevertheless, marchers I’ve spoken with are excited to be surrounded by their fellow women—possibly as many as 250,000 of them, not counting the tens of thousands expected at sister marches throughout the nation and world. However you plan to spend your Saturday, be safe and make your voice heard.


• Something to tweet about? Twitter revealed its latest diversity stats, and while its 2016 increases in female and minority staffing were relatively modest, the company did manage to meet most of the diversity goals it set for itself for 2016. The social media platform now has a respectable 30% women leaders, though its technical team remains just 15% female. Fortune

• She stays. It appears that Michelle Lee, the director of the U.S. Patent Office, will keep her post under the Trump administration. A former Google lawyer, she was appointed by Obama in 2012. Fortune

• A leave lullA new study finds that the number of women taking maternity leave in the U.S. has remained flat over the last two decades—even as the economy has grown and new family leave policies have been implemented in several states.  Time

• Voice of experience. Feminist icon Anita Hill writes about her disappointment at Trump’s election, saying, “For me, Nov. 8, 2016, felt like an unwelcome flashback to October 1991—another sadly missed opportunity to affirm basic notions of decency and equity.” That’s a reference, of course, to her appearance at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. But she says that the vociferous reaction to those misses—both now and back in ’91—give her hope that “those who expect women to recede quietly will soon be disappointed.” Washington Post

• Scouting it out. Some current and former members, troop leaders, and parents were less than thrilled to learn that members of the  Girl Scouts of America will march in the inauguration parade today. The organization responded to critics, saying, “Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement.” Fortune

• Watch this! On this week’s Broad Strokes, Val and I check in on the state of Women at Davos, dissect a poll that shows a schism in Americans’ views on sexism, and talk about why the phrase “women’s empowerment” rubs Sallie Krawcheck the wrong way. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Snap Inc. has hired Jennifer Park Stout, former deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of State, as its head of global public policy.


• Everything’s bigger out west. New research finds that Wyoming has the biggest gender pay gap in the U.S., with women in the state making 64 cents for every $1 a man earns. That’s also created a massive retirement savings gap, with female Wyomingites required to tuck away $1.55 for every $1 a man invests in order to build an equivalent nest egg. Fortune

• Pot portables. Retired high school teacher Deb Baker and former marketing exec Barb Diner started Higher Standard Packaging, a company that makes child-resistant marijuana containers, as a way to supplement their post-retirement income. The company has sold nearly seven million units to Colorado cannabis dispensaries and beyond. New York Times

• Trading places. Speaking at Davos, British PM Theresa May said the U.K. would step up as a leading supporter of free trade and defender of globalization—a somewhat surprising stance, given her nation’s decision to leave the EU, the world’s largest free-trade group. WSJ

• Follow the leaders. This story on the “up-and-coming leaders of the Trump resistance in Washington” features a slew of women, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). The Guardian

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On men’s runways, something unexpected: women  The Guardian

8 inspiring human beings on how to make the next 4 years matter   Refinery29

Hidden Figures can teach us how to keep jobs in the AI future  Recode

Why Mary Barra and Sheryl Sandberg are talking gender stereotypes at Davos  Fortune


I hope it’s big, and I hope it feels great. I think it will.
'Full Frontal' host Samantha Bee on the March on Washington