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The Broadsheet: April 5th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Advertisers are fleeing The O’Reilly Factor, Ivanka Trump gives her first interview since taking a White House post, and Salesforce has spent a total of $6 million closing its pay gap. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


• Ask and you may receive. Yesterday’s Equal Pay Day sparked a flood of smart stories about the gender pay gap. Among my favorites: This uber-practical Washington Post guide to asking the right workplace questions about money and your job. It walks through the types of queries most of us have asked ourselves at one time or another—”How do I bring up money in a job interview?” or “As a manager, how can I help make sure my reports are being paid equitably?”—and pairs suggestions from experts with stories of real people sharing their own experiences.

Or, for a cheekier brand of advice, check out the “equal pay chatbot” created by The Muse, Ladies Get Paid,, and PayScale. Based on Cindy Gallop, the British advertising consultant and creator of MakeLoveNotPorn, the bot gives users Gallop-esque tips about asking for more money. Sample advice: “…ask yourself WWASWGD? What Would A Straight White Guy Do? Do that.”


• Fallout at Fox. Fox News is under increasing pressure as more advertisers are pulling their spots from The O’Reilly Factor over concerns about the sexual harassment accusations against host Bill O’Reilly. As of Tuesday morning, 21 companies—including BMW of North America, GlaxoSmithKline, and Allstate—have dropped their ads. Yesterday, the National Organization of Women made an even stronger statement, calling for O’Reilly to be fired. Fortune

• Rice in hot water? The House Intelligence Committee now wants Susan Rice, national security adviser under President Obama, to testify in an investigation into Russian election interference, as the investigation widens to include allegations that the previous administration improperly used intelligence information involving President Trump or his associates. (Rice says this is “absolutely false.”) For more background on the developing story, here’s an excellent explainer by Fortune‘s Claire Zillman WSJ

Cue Google search of ‘complicit.’ In her first interview since becoming an official White House employee, Ivanka Trump defended herself against criticism that she is “complicit” in her father’s administration. “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit,” Trump told CBS News’ Gayle King. “I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but I hope time will prove I have done a good job and that my father’s administration is the success I know it will be.” Fortune

• A $6 million story. Fortune‘s Ellen McGirt reports from Salesforce’s Equality Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., where Billie Jean King, Lilly Ledbetter, Patricia Arquette and Mary J. Blige were honored with “trailblazer” awards. Ellen also caught up with Salesforce’s EVP of employee success Cindy Robbins to discuss the company’s revelation that it has now spent a total of $6 million to close its gender pay gap. Fortune

• Words matter. Fortune‘s Stacy Jones and Grace Donnelly analyzed Walmart’s newly updated career website, looking at the language used in the postings for 4,400 of the retail behemoth’s open jobs. With the help of Textio, a company that assesses gender bias in job descriptions, they discovered that 51% of Walmart’s postings use language that is more likely to appeal to men than women. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: TIAA has named Renée D. Brown CMO of TIAA Retail Financial Services. McDonald’s USA CMO Deborah Wahl and head of U.S. digital Julia Vander Ploeg are leaving the company.


• Yahoo bids adieu. Marissa Mayer will reportedly not be joining Oath, the Verizon-owned company that will be formed when Yahoo merges with AOL. Re/code

Mommy admins. Some employers are adding maternity concierge services to help working mothers balance the demands of pregnancy and childcare with their work schedules. The concierges help with tasks like recommending strollers, ordering breast pumps and researching fitness options for new moms seeking ways to get back in shape. WSJ

• A new starter. Not long after being criticized for her online post about being inconvenienced by protests against the president’s travel ban, Sage Steele is out as the host of ESPN’s NBA Countdown. Michelle Beadle will take her place.  Fortune

• Tenacious trolls. After seeing a spike in sexist and racist remarks on her online feeds after the presidential election, the New York Times‘ Jenna Wortham reached out to a number of academics and software designers. Her goal: to better understand why Silicon Valley still cannot stop online harassment. New York Times

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Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon earned less than some men who reported to her  Forbes

Marvel boss says some retailers are blaming sales fall on female and non-white characters  BBC

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi protest commercial draws online backlash  Motto

Gretchen Carlson: Three ways women can close the gender pay gap  Motto


All of us — men, women, employers, employees, colleagues — can step up and become stronger allies for women.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in an Equal Pay Day op-ed