The Broadsheet: March 17th

March 17, 2017, 11:51 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Chelsea Clinton is writing a new (and aptly-named) book, fashion runways are slowly getting more diverse, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has some ideas for bringing more women into tech. Enjoy your weekend.


 Susan's 3 steps. In the wake of the accusations of sexism and discrimination at Uber and Tesla, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, whose organization is nearly a third female, lays out three steps tech companies could be doing to bring more women into their ranks:

1. Start at the top. HR and diversity professionals are important, but tech CEOs need to start making gender balance a personal priority.

2. Support support groups. Provide money and staff to groups that support women and other underrepresented employees. Then listen to them when they tell you what they need to succeed.

3. Share your privilege. If you're in a position to do so, use your influence to help women in your workplace. Wojcicki tells the story of getting a hand from legendary Silicon Valley exec Bill Campbell soon after taking the top job at YouTube.

As a woman heading a big-name tech company, Wojcicki is clearly speaking from experience. Let's hope her fellow CEOs are listening. Vanity Fair


  Cut her some slack. Has Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer been unfairly maligned after the company's 2014 security breach? Federal officials seem to think so. The FBI praised Mayer’s “great leadership and courage while under intense pressure from many entities.” The Feds didn’t fault Yahoo for the attack and instead positioned Yahoo as a “victim” in an “unfair fight” against Russian state-sponsored hackers. WSJ

 Tech CEOs take a stand. Tech leaders and executives sent a letter to Congressional leadership in support of Planned Parenthood amid efforts by Republicans to cut funding for the women’s health care provider. The 74 signatories of the letter included CEOs from Tumblr, Slack, Foursquare, and Eventbrite. Fortune

 Sign of the times. You've read about women's enormous buying power (we control or influence 73% of total household spending). Here's an example of how that can play out in real life: In the week before the Women's March on Washington, sales of poster board in the U.S. jumped 33% and foam board sales increased by 42%, a shift analysts attribute to all those homemade protest signs. Fortune

 Clinton persists. Chelsea Clinton is writing a new children’s picture book about inspirational women in American history. The title: She Persisted—a callback to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren back in February.  Fortune

 Another Trump tome. Ivana Trump, meanwhile, is writing Raising Trump, a "non-partisan" book about the upbringing of her three children with ex-husband Donald Trump. Huffington Post

 Talking Trumpcare. In this week's Broad Strokes, Val and I talk about the potential women's health repercussions of Trumpcare, the funding gap for female-founded companies, and just why that BBC interview went so very, very viral. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Clare Waight Keller has been named artistic director of Givenchy. SecureAuth has appointed Danielle Jackson as chief information security officer. Deborah Borda has been named president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic.


L.A. story. In this Hollywood Reporter piece, a number of (anonymous) female entertainment pros share their experiences and frustrations working in the industry and speculate about what needs to be done to close the Hollywood pay gap. The Hollywood Reporter

 A fashionable buy. Modcloth, a women’s online fashion retailer known for quirky, indie-inflected clothes, will be acquired by, a subsidiary of Walmart. (Modcloth co-founder Susan Gregg Koger was one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2010.)  Jezebel

 A hot trend. A new report from The Fashion Spot finds that people of color accounted for 28% of the models who walked the runway during the fall 2017 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris—the highest proportion since the group began tracking the data two and a half years ago.  New York Times

 More Monica. In her first interview since the presidential election, Monica Lewinsky talks about the evolution of cyberbullying, her take on Twitter's latest anti-harassment tools, and the way online behavior affects how we act IRL. Refinery29

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Julie Andrews urges Trump not to cut arts funding  CNN

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian make hundreds of thousands of dollars for Instagram ads  US Weekly

This VJ-turned-politician vows to keep crusading against Geert Wilders and the Dutch far right  Fortune

Men's players offer support in women's battle with USA Hockey  ESPN


I still believe I was a better mother because I was a governor, and a better governor because I was a mother. I wouldn’t change anything, except for society a little more quickly.
Jane Swift, the former acting governor on Massachusetts, commenting on a new study that finds that voters still have difficulty believing that female politicians can balance work and family.