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The Broadsheet: February 7th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Janice Min gets a new gig, Natalie Jones is out of contention for White House social secretary, and Betsy DeVos has a big vote coming up. Have a great Tuesday.


• Senate showdown. Senate Democrats are in the midst of one final effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. They pledged to spend the 24 hours before the vote—which is scheduled for noon today—reiterating their objections to President Trump’s pick. All 48 Dems are expected to oppose her, as are Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Right now, the Senate is split 50-50, and if everyone holds their position, VP Mike Pence is expected to vote for DeVos, breaking the tie. The Democrats are hoping that their speeches will woo just one more GOP member to their side, giving them the numbers to defeat the nomination.

DeVos has become one of Trump’s most controversial nominees. Her performance at her Senate hearing was widely criticized and prompted thousands of calls and letters from voters urging their senators to vote against her.

If the Dems get their way, she would become the first secretary of education nominee to be rejected. And, given that only nine cabinet nominees have ever been voted down in all of U.S. history, it’s perhaps not surprising that she would also be the first-ever female nominee to be blocked by the Senate.


• Mistake or misinformation? After invoking the non-existent “Bowling Green massacre” in an attempt to defend President Trump’s travel ban on Hardball With Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway quickly walked her statement back, calling it “an honest mistake.” But in an interview with conducted just days earlier, she used the same phrasing, claiming that Obama called for a temporary “ban on Iraqi refugees” after the “Bowling Green massacre.” Cosmopolitan

• Jones bows out. Natalie Jones, the former deputy chief of protocol under President Obama who was said to be a top contender for the role of President Trump’s new social secretary, has reportedly backed out of the hiring process. Washington Post

• Min’s next move. Janice Min will step down as the top editor of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, a move that’s sparking speculation about a sale. She is taking a new role Eldridge Industries, the company that controls the two publications, where she will create a “media-investment strategy.” New York Times

• Macy’s makes three? After news that Nordstrom will drop Ivanka Trump’s brand and that Neiman Marcus has removed some of her items from its site, some shoppers are pushing Macy’s to follow suit. Fortune

• Werk from home. A new job search company, Werk, lists skilled jobs that offer some sort of control over the time and place of work. The site is aimed at highly educated women who are on a leadership track, but seek greater flexibility than traditional workplaces allow. New York Times

• Marching on? The Women’s March on Washington has come and gone, but its aftereffects are still palpable. The New York Times Magazine reflects on the demonstration’s ability to unite the political left, which, just two months earlier, “did not appear to be a unified front.” And the organizers of the march are continuing to act—this time calling for a strike. The group tweeted about a forthcoming “day without women,” but has yet to announce a date.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Revel Systems co-founder Lisa Falzone has stepped down as CEO. EyeGate Pharmaceuticals announced the promotion of Sarah Romano as chief financial officer.


• Splitting up the family. While much has been made of the similarities between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British PM Theresa May (both vicars’ daughters, close in age, and women excelling in a male-dominated field), this story looks at how, thanks to Brexit, they “find themselves on opposite sides of the biggest divorce in recent European history.” New York Times

• It’s everywhere you want to be? Jennifer Fonstad, a co-founder and managing partner of Aspect Ventures, writes about why the tech industry is concerned with the Trump administration’s plans for H1-B visas. Fortune

• Ultralight beamuBeam CEO and founder Meredith Perry gave her first-ever of demo of the company’s controversial wireless charging technology at L.A.’s Upfront Summit. According to Axios, it’s “a science project that is clearly progressing, but not nearly finished yet.” Axios

• Trolling the trolls. After enduring a decade of online abuse, Wikipedia editor and medical student Emily Temple-Wood is fighting back. Her revenge? Creating a Wiki biography of a notable woman scientist in exchange for every harassing email, death threat, or request for nude photos. Backchannel

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Is it OK for a bunch of men to lead a ‘women in the workforce’ initiative?  Harvard Business Review

Trump barred from U.K. Parliament over ‘racism and sexism’  Bloomberg

Video: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the perspective that comes with motherhood  The Atlantic

Here’s why female photographers matter more than ever  Wired


Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female.
Hillary Clinton, speaking for the first time since the inauguration in a new video recorded for the 2017 Makers conference.