The Broadsheet: March 9th

March 9, 2017, 12:48 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Elizabeth Warren is unimpressed as always, female hedge fund managers are outperforming the market, and the woman behind period underwear wants to make bidets a thing. Have a great Thursday.


 The aftermath. Another International Women's Day has come and gone. Every year, my inbox floods with IWD pitches as the big day approaches. And every year, the March 8th headlines are dominated by news about women—some inspiring, some surprising, and, yes, some infuriating. For once, the news looks like the country: At least half female.

Today, though, everything goes back to "normal."

But we're still here. And we still care passionately about the issues that affect women's careers and lives. So, lets take 2017 as a challenge. Let's do our part to tell and read and share women's stories 365 days of the year—not just on March 8th.


 Warren's underwhelmed. President Trump acknowledged International Women's Day with a series of tweets: "I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy. On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world." Sen. Elizabeth Warren, for one, seemed underwhelmed by his message, telling MSNBC: "Talk is cheap. Put your money where your mouth is. Give us some of the rules and regulations that will be helpful to this economy, helpful to women, helpful to our families, helpful to our communities." Fortune

 The play-by-play. The New York Times rounds up how the A Day Without A Woman strikes and demonstrations played out across the country, with reports from places like Providence, R.I. and Lafayette, Ind. as well as NYC and Washington, D.C. New York Times

A show of support. Cast members of the Broadway hit Hamilton marked IWD by donating their salaries from Wednesday night’s performance to Dress for Success, a global charity that supports women entering the workforce. Fortune

 Red in the Facebook. Did you notice a red frame appearing around some of your Facebook friends' profile photos? The social media giant rolled out the feature to let users express their solidarity with the Day Without A Woman movement. A number of powerful women—including the site's Sheryl Sandberg, GM CEO Mary Barra, and designer (and ex-Spice Girl) Victoria Beckham—also took to Facebook to mark the day, posting with the hashtag #SheMeansBusiness in celebration of IWD. Fortune

 Tech's take. How does an industry facing a major gender imbalance approach the holiday? Fortune's Polina Marinova reached out to Uber, Lyft, Facebook, and Google to see what they told staffers ahead of the women's strike. Fortune

 Missing media. You won't see any news in today's Broadsheet from New York Magazine's the Cut, Bustle, the female edit staff of Jezebel, or the women of Popular Science. Each of these media outlets opted to participate in the strike.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Anastasia Khoo has been named CMO of Conservation International. She previously held the same title at the Human Rights Campaign.


Invest in women. In the first two months of 2017, hedge funds owned or managed by women returned 3.65%—significantly outperforming the overall hedge fund industry, which returned 2.23% over the same period, according to Hedge Fund Research. Fortune

 Self-made women. Forbes has what it calls "the definitive ranking" of the world's 56 self-made billionaires. This year's list includes women from Japan (Yoshiko Shinohara) and Vietnam (Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao). Forbes

Taking on the toilet market. Speaking of self-made women, Miki Agrawal, the mastermind behind Thinx period underwear (among other endeavors), has started yet another company. The serial entrepreneur's latest venture is Tushy, a high-tech bidet attachment. Tushy has raised half a million dollars in seed funding, led by venture capital firm Propulsion Capital, the company announced today. Fortune

  Yes, in 2017. While it's tempting to think that everyone's on board with women's equality in the workplace, a new global poll finds that's not the case. In fact, nearly 30% of the male respondents and 27% of female respondents said they believe women should stay home. Fortune

 Out of fashion. France's advertising regulator has ordered designer Yves Saint Laurent to remove posters of extremely thin models in "degrading" poses after a public outcry over their appearance. It's not the first time the fashion house has gotten in hot water over its depictions of women: Two years ago, Britain's advertising watchdog banned one of its ads that featured a model so thin her ribcage was showing.  Yahoo

 Career counseling. Know a young professional who could use some wise words? In this video, several members of Fortune's Most Powerful Women community—including Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich and Global Philanthropy Group CEO Maggie Neilson—weigh in with their best career advice. Fortune

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Justin Trudeau announced a $650 million plan for sexual and reproductive health on Women's Day  Time

Celebrating Fortune's first photographer: Margaret Bourke White  Fortune

A bookstore is displaying all books by men backward for Women's History month  Buzzfeed

24 books every feminist needs to read  InStyle


We have to keep fighting. We have to remain stubborn. We have to look for ways to mentor and support. And we have to understand that despite setbacks and stumbles on our long march to full equality, everywhere I look, there are signs of hope.
Hillary Clinton, speaking at a Girls Inc. luncheon in New York City Tuesday, where she accepted the nonprofit's 2017 Champion for Girls Award