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The Broadsheet: April 3rd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Facebook lays down the law on hiring women, Nikki Haley talks tough on Russia, and we try to get inside the heads of millennial men. Have a productive Monday.


• Kids these days. One of the buzziest stories of the weekend was a New York Times piece that suggests that millennial men are far less progressive that we’d previously thought—and indeed, that they are becoming more conservative on gender issues than young men of earlier generations. Here’s one of the more alarming pieces of evidence presented by author: In the 90s, 83% of men aged 18 to 25 disagreed that, “It is much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family.” By 2014, though, just 55% disagreed with the idea that the man should be the one supporting the family.

Yes, that sounds pretty bad—but don’t freak out yet. Emily Beam, assistant professor of economics at the University of Vermont, tells Fortune‘s Anne VanderMey that the Times article missed a potentially crucial piece of info: the just-released 2016 General Social Survey data set. (The NYT story uses the same data, but only up until 2014.) Factoring in that data, the instances of millennial men who don’t think it’s better for the man to be the main breadwinner actually shoots up to nearly 90%. In fact, says Beam, “based on the GSS since 1977, young men are the most progressive they’ve ever been, and more progressive even than women.


Pre-reqs to get behind. Facebook now requires that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33% of law firm teams working on the company’s business. And simply hitting the number isn’t enough: The tech giant is also requiring firms to demonstrate that they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities.” New York Times

Claims against O’Reilly. New York Times investigation found that five women have made accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. The anchor and network have collectively paid out about $13 million in exchange for the accusers agreeing to not go to court or speak about the allegations. O’Reilly denies the claims have merit. New York Times

Mansplaining tech bros? Journalist Dan Lyons has penned an op-ed about the dangers of Silicon Valley’s “bro culture” for the New York Times. While many of the points he makes in the piece are spot on (if not exactly surprising), some social media observers were underwhelmed. (Freelance writer Lily Herman tweeted: “Ah, yet another article on startup culture where a guy writes what women have said all along and ends up in NYT.”) Reviewing his book, Disrupted: My Year in Startup Hell last year, Fortune‘s Erin Griffith noted Lyon’s sexist descriptions of his female colleagues—and recalled that he once referred to Pando founder Sarah Lacy as a “shrill harpy.”

REI levels the field. Outdoor retailer REI has announced a year-long initiative to encourage women to spend more time outdoors, which it calls “the world’s largest level playing field.” The “Force of Nature” campaign is based on research findings that women who spend time outside are more confident than those who do not—and that those nature lovers then bring that confidence to the workplace. Fortune

• Leaning In to the wage gap. To mark Equal Pay Day, held on Tuesday this year, local businesses in 25 cities around the country will be offering 20% discounts to women. The idea behind the new initiative, aptly named #20PercentCounts, is to link the pay gap to “simple, everyday purchases in local communities,” says Rachel Thomas, president of the Sheryl Sandberg-founded nonprofit Lean In, which is spearheading the effort. Fortune

Haley on foreign policy. Nikki Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that she believes Russia was involved in the 2016 election (the president has denied Russian influence). Politico reports that in Trump’s first meeting with Haley in November, he initially asked her to serve as his secretary of state. Haley turned him down, telling the president-elect that she lacked the requisite foreign policy experience for the job. Time


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

• She has her priorities in order. If you have to skip a meeting in order to see your child’s recital, skip the meeting—and be open about it. Evin Shutt, COO at 72andSunny, says this is especially imperative when you’re the one in charge. Fortune

• Now that’s advocacy. Jyoti Chopra, global head of diversity and inclusion at BNY Mellon, encourages women to establish a group of mentors who can offer advice and advocate for you. But don’t forget to offer the same support in return. Fortune

• A helping hand. When you’re a CEO and new parent at the same time, you shouldn’t be shy about accepting help, writes Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co. Fortune


A Tina Brown byline. Media mogul and founder of the Women in the World summit Tina Brown opines about the future of feminism in this weekend’s New York Times. While lamenting that “a woman who commanded nearly three million more votes than her opponent did not become president,” Brown notes that “the greatest gift that President Trump may end up bestowing on the women of America could be to purge trivial umbrage from feminist discourse and force renewed energy on big priorities.” New York Times

April makes waves. One of the few black journalists in the White House press corps, April Ryan has “covered presidents and clashed with press secretaries for 20 years.” But her encounters with the Trump administration are propelling the journalist to a new level of prominence—and into a contentious debate over this administration’s attitudes toward gender and race. New York Times

Schooling us on the STEM gap. Stanford University math professor Jo Boaler has an explanation for why there are so few women in STEM. “When students struggle in speed-driven math classes, they often believe the problem lies within themselves, not realizing that fast-paced lecturing is a faulty teaching method,” she writes. “The students most likely to internalize the problem are women and students of color.” Motto

 A handy guide. Humor website McSweeney’s has a tongue-in-cheek guide for brands that are “suddenly down with Nasty Women” or organizations “that like to think of [themselves] as always on the right side of history when in fact [their] org chart looks more like a family tree constructed entirely of sausage.” McSweeney's

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