The Broadsheet: March 7th

March 7, 2017, 12:54 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Male Marines were allegedly using Facebook to share nude photos of their female counterparts, the Brawny Man becomes the Brawny Woman, and we look ahead to tomorrow—a day of celebration and/or strikes for women across the world. Enjoy your Tuesday.


 March 8 madness. Tomorrow is a big day. March 8th is International Women's Day, of course, and this year the holiday is joined by a sister event of sorts: A Day Without A Woman. Fortune's Maddie Farber has a closer look at the day, which is being organized by the group that coordinated the Women's March on Washington. The group is calling on women to remove themselves from the economy for a day—no work (paid or unpaid), no spending. Those who cannot (and the protest has been criticized for applying only to the most privileged women) are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and to shop only at women- or minority-owned businesses.

Meanwhile, Fortune's Linda Kinstler has a look at how countries around the globe will celebrate International Women's Day. In Ireland, women plan to strike in protest against the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, which bans abortion—a strategy that mirrors earlier protests in Poland. In Russia, the holiday trumps Valentine's Day in importance, so men will be rushing to arrange extravagant celebrations for the women in their lives. And in Italy, women will enjoy free entry to the country's museums and cultural sites, which will devote themselves to exhibitions that "celebrate the feminine world."

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 Semper fi—to whom? The Defense Department is investigating reports that a group of Marines shared nude and semi-nude photos of female colleagues—along with graphic commentary, some of which made reference to rape—on Facebook. The Facebook group, which has since been shut down, included about 30,000 active and retired male marines. The photo sharing began in the same month that the first Marine infantry unit began admitting women. Fortune

 Test case. A recent report from the Department of the Interior's deputy inspector general Mary Kendall finds that Tim K. Lynn, a senior executive in charge of Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security, acted inappropriately toward six women in the department. The case is viewed as a test of just how committed newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke—as well as the administration and Congress—are to holding government employees accountable for sexual harassment. Washington Post

 Barra says bye to Europe. It's official: General Motors has cut a deal to sell its Opel unit to PSA Group, the French-based maker of Peugeot and Citroen. Investors didn't seem pleased with GM CEO Mary Barra's decision, sending the carmaker's stock downwards as details of the arrangement were revealed. Fortune

Females in the F500. Besides the women you see at the top, it's sometimes hard to get visibility into the Fortune 500 and know which companies are truly making strides towards gender equality. To that end, the Fortune Knowledge Group put together a gender diversity index of the firms in the ranking, looking at board members, women in senior management roles, and “pipeline” positions. The top ten includes plenty of female-led companies like PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, and GM, but also firms where women shine at lower rungs of the organization, such as Best Buy, Kohl's, and Marriott International. See the full report here: Fortune

 State Street takes a stand. Starting today, index-fund giant State Street Global Advisors will begin pushing big companies to put more women on their boards. The money manager says it will vote against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make strides towards gender diversity. Firms won’t have to meet an exact quota, but must prove they tried to make changes. WSJ

 An aggressive study. Wharton researchers were in the middle of a study looking at negotiation styles when they discovered a curious trend: After the election of President Trump, men in the experiment became markedly more aggressive when negotiating with the women in the group.  Washington Post

 Getting closure? According to a new report from Accenture, it's possible to close the pay gap in developed markets by 2044—meaning women who graduate from college in 2020 would actually still be in the workforce when the gap is erased. But in order for that to happen, women will have to achieve parity with men in three key areas (hint: two of the three involve technology).  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Barbara Vobejda has been promoted to deputy managing editor of the Washington PostGuardian Life Insurance Company has named Sherry Pudloski as chief communications officer. She joins Guardian from Pfizer, where she was the head of Reputation, Policy, and Enterprise Communications.


 Throwing in the towel. For the month of March, Brawny paper towels has removed its iconic Brawny Man logo and replaced him with a woman as part of the brand's #StrengthHasNoGender campaign. Fortune

Dismissing diversity? Fast Company has released a snippet from an interview conducted with Liane Hornsey, Uber's head of HR, a few days before ex-employee Susan Fowler published her allegations of harassment and sexism at the company. The publication reports that when asked about whether Uber would release a diversity report, Hornsey responded: "I haven't seen anyone who's done it say it's made any difference for them." Fast Company

 Motto talks manifesto. Motto's Sarah Begley talks to best-selling Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about feminism in pop culture, engaging with people who don't share your views, and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, her new book that was just released today.   Motto

 Fly girls. Air India says it has set a world record by flying around the world with an all-female crew, going from New Delhi to San Francisco and back over the Atlantic. The feat wasn't just accomplished by an all-female cockpit and cabin crew, says the airline: All other staff involved in the flight, including the check-in and other ground staff and the air traffic controllers, were also women. Fortune

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Planned Parenthood rejects President Trump's deal to stop abortions in exchange for funding Time

How Liberian women delivered Africa's first female president  New York Times

Gilmore Girls may be revived again on Netflix  The Hollywood Reporter

Chelsea Clinton and Kellyanne Conway share unexpected friendly moment on Twitter  Huffington Post


Feminists can wear anything they f---ing want.
Gloria Steinem, responding to the dustup over Emma Watson's 'Vanity Fair' cover outfit