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The Broadsheet: March 23rd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Stitch Fix may be eyeing an IPO, the gender gap on campus isn’t closing, and tech workers think employers have a problem with diversity—just not their employers. Have a wonderful Thursday.


• Change starts at home. Fortune‘s Grace Donnelly writes about a new survey of tech employees that reveals that, while people in the industry overwhelmingly say they believe diversity in technology is important, a much smaller percentage think their own company needs to make an improvement.

The survey, commissioned by software development company Atlassian, polled 1,400 people. Given that black and Latino workers combined make up just 5% of the tech workforce, according to the study, and women a mere 24%, there’s obviously a disconnect for the roughly 50% of respondents who feel their company is all set when it comes to hiring and promoting people who aren’t straight, white men.

For some employees, the issue may be that they have low expectations when it comes to diversity in tech. Or, with high-profile scandals like the accusations of sexual harassment at Uber in the news, simply avoiding a PR nightmare might seem like a win.

Regardless, the takeaway is clear: Diversity isn’t somebody else’s problem. Is there something you can do to improve the lot of women or minorities at your company, or even on your team? Don’t wait—do it today. Fortune


Meet the GOAT. Fortune‘s annual list of the World’s Greatest Leaders is out, and there are 25 women on it—an increase from last year’s count (23) and a big jump from the previous year’s (15). Near the top of the list: philanthropist (and one-time Broadsheet editor) Melinda Gates, film director and screenwriter Ava Duvernay, and Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan’s first female president. See the full list here: Fortune

• A stylish IPO? Stitch Fix, the online styling service founded and led by Katrina Lake, is reportedly considering an initial public offering. Bloomberg

• Matchmaker, matchmaker. WayUp, a female-led recruitment platform that seeks to “match” employees to jobs, has raised an $18.5 million series B round, led by Trinity Ventures. Fortune

D.C. doyennes. Elle‘s 2017 Women in Washington package spotlights ten D.C. power brokers worth keeping on your radar. Among those who made the list: PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Natural Resources Defense Council president Rhea Suh.  Elle

• A real risk. A least nine deaths have been linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer associated with breast implants. The FDA has concluded that women who get implants with textured (rather than smooth) surfaces are at higher risk for the cancer; the contents of the implants—saline or silicon—are apparently less significant.  Fortune


• A good look. Allure talks to 41 women of color—including author and Top Chef executive producer Padma Lakshmi, L’Oreal Global Women of Color Lab manager Balanda Atis, and actress Constance Wu—about their experiences with race and beauty.  Allure

• Fail! New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that the salaries of female faculty members grew at a slightly higher rate than those of their male counterparts in 2015—though not enough to close the gender pay gap. Men also continued to outnumber women by more than two to one in terms of full professorships, while a majority of assistant professors, instructors, and lecturers were women. The Chronicle of Higher Education

• Warren wants to wait. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling for a delay of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation vote in light of the FBI investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. She claims Republicans are using the Gorsuch vote as a way of distracting from the ongoing FBI probe. Fortune

• Ragging on Raggi. Virginia Raggi, the first female mayor of Rome, may be from an anti-establishment party, but critics say she’s proof that, “Italy’s new breed of politician is no better than the old one—no less tainted by corruption, no less ineffective and no less unpopular.” New York Times

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Johns Hopkins accepts first black female neurosurgery resident  Huffington Post

Women aren’t reporting domestic violence and sexual assault of out of fear of deportation  Glamour

The gender gap persists at the largest museums  New York Times

Doctors develop new surgery for victims of female genital mutilation  Time


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