The Broadsheet: April 7th

April 7, 2017, 11:50 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Anne Wojcicki gets a massive win, Nicola Sturgeon was not amused by “Legs-it,” and Hillary Clinton urges women to get tough and run for office. Have a wonderful weekend.


 World stage. A number of powerful women took the stage at the Women in the World Summit in New York City over the past couple days (the event ends this afternoon). Here are some of the highlights:

Hillary Clinton gave her first post-election interview, covering topics such as Russia (she believes the country will continue to meddle in U.S. affairs unless we take bipartisan action), misogyny in the 2016 election (she thinks it was one of several factors behind her loss), and her advice for women in politics (toughen up and run already!).

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon weighed in on the infamous Daily Mail "Leg-sit" cover. The story, which focused on her and British PM Theresa May's legs, may have been intended to be lighthearted, said Sturgeon, but "this tendency to reduce women to body parts, to what we wear, to what our hair looks like is nothing we can just laugh off."

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said she doesn't buy Ivanka Trump's claims that she is advocating for women behind the scenes. "Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy that we've seen out of this administration," she told the audience.

Scarlett Johansson also critiqued the first daughter, saying was "so disappointed" with Trump's decision not to publicly advocate for women's issues.


 The backstory. Cecile Richards' remarks about Ivanka Trump are particularly interesting in light of this Politico report that Trump reached out to the Planned Parenthood leader for a meeting earlier this year, but that their initially cordial relationship soured when the president supported the GOP health care bill, which would have defunded PP for one year. Politico

 A win for Wojcicki. 23andMe, led by founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki, has received FDA approval to sell its genetic tests and health risk reports for ten different diseases—including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease—directly to consumers. The company is now the first and only one in the U.S. that can provide such reports to people without a prescription. Fortune

 Name and shame. Fortune's Claire Zillman writes about the U.K.'s new equal pay policy, under which companies with at least 250 employees must publish information about the size of their gender pay and bonus gap. Fortune

 Back to the Nest. Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech dinner in San Francisco on Wednesday, Nest CTO Yoky Matsuoka discussed her work in the red-hot field of artificial intelligence and her latest gig at the Google home technology arm. She wants Nest to build so-called smart appliances that use artificial intelligence “so the home is doing the work for you,” she explained. Fortune

 The broads' view. On this week's Broad Strokes, Val and I talk about the latest scandal at Fox News, the importance of Equal Pay Day, and Pepsi's disastrous "protest" ad.  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Shonda Rhimes is joining the board of Planned Parenthood. United Way Worldwide has named Mary Sellers as the organization’s U.S. president. Sellers currently serves as president and CEO of United Way of Central Iowa.


 Not alone. Women are using the hashtag #droporeilly—inspired by calls for Fox News to boot Bill O'Reilly over sexual harassment claims—to share their own stories of workplace harassment. New York Times

 If it displease the court. A new study finds that as more women join the Supreme Court—there are three now, the most ever—"the reaction of the male justices and the male [lawyers] has been to increase their interruptions of the female justices." The researchers also discovered fascinating strategies that the women justices have adopted to ward off this manterrupting. Fortune

 Eating it up. Fortune's Leena Rao has the exclusive on Yumi, a new startup led by investment exec Angela Sutherland and former journalist Evelyn Rusli, that offers weekly deliveries of baby food containing no added sugar or salt. Fortune

 With honors. Meet the winners of Glamour's annual college women of the year contest: Glamour

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Mary Anderson, outdoorswoman who cofounded REI, dies at 107 Washington Post

Arianna Huffington shares her advice to women struggling with work-life balance  Fortune

Young women in China are obsessed with Ivanka Trump  New York Magazine

Ex-White House florist Laura Dowling tells all  New York Times


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Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York City