The Broadsheet: April 14th

April 14, 2017, 12:03 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The engineer who blogged about sexism at Uber has a new gig, lots of powerful women have books on the horizon, and Delta’s regional airline just settled with a flight attendant over a place to pump. Have a peaceful weekend.


 Straighten up and fly right. Ready for an airline story—that's not about United? Fortune's Annalyn Kurtz has the scoop on a settlement between Endeavor Air—a regional airline owned by Delta—and a flight attendant who says the airline provided her with no place to pump breast milk. Under the deal, Endeavor will pay the attendant $30,000 for emotional distress and legal fees.

The airline industry is a notoriously difficult place for new parents. Airlines are exempted from federal rules requiring that employers provide a place for employees to pump and the question of whether they are bound by state or city rules is blurry. That can mean that nursing moms are forced to take (unpaid) leave or get stuck pumping in airplane bathrooms—or, in the case of pilots, even in the cockpit.

While far from a panacea, this settlement appears to be a step forward. Katherine Greenberg, the New York City Commission on Human Rights attorney who investigated the case, put it this way: "We hope this settlement sends a signal to all employers, including airlines, that they are required to give reasonable accommodations to their employees related to pregnancy and childbirth, and if not, they’re going to be responsible." Fortune


 Sandberg's Time. In this Time cover story, Belinda Luscombe charts Sheryl Sandberg's evolution from the day of her husband's death, through her struggle with grief, her rethinking of some of the underpinnings of Lean In, and the writing of her new book, Option B. Time

 Incremental progress. Susan Fowler, the engineer whose blog post about sexism and harassment at Uber prompted a company-wide investigation, has a new gig: Running an online publication for and about coders. Called Increment, the publication is backed by Stripe, where Fowler has worked since she left Uber. Recode

 The good fight? In This Fight Is Our Fight, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book—due out Tuesday—the Massachusetts senator says she opted not to run for president in 2016 in part because her husband warned her the race would be far more grueling than her 2012 Senate bid. WSJ

A pretty profit. After a tumultuous 2016 that included layoffs and restructuring, Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp says the beauty box company has reached profitability. WWD

They run New York. While The Hollywood Reporter's annual rundown of the "35 most powerful people in New York media" is overwhelmingly male, a few women—including Megyn Kelly, Rachel Maddow, and Samantha Bee—do appear on list. The Hollywood Reporter

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: SAP has appointed Adaire Fox-Martin and Jennifer Morgan to its executive board as co-presidents of Global Customer Operations. Former Cisco exec Mallun Yen will step down as EVP of RPX Corp. on Sept. 1. As part of the move, she has been named to the company's board, effective immediately. RPX also promoted Emily Gavin to general counsel.


 Fed friends. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump hinted that he'd be open to renominating Janet Yellen as another term—a big departure from his campaign rhetoric about the Fed chair. Fortune

 Too tough? In this Q+A, impeached Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff comments on her ouster—and the fact that her successor, President Michel Temer, appointed a cabinet entirely composed of white men—saying, "There was a very misogynist element in the coup against me. They had double standards for men and women. They accused me of being overly tough and harsh, while a man would have been considered firm, strong." New York Times

 Huma tells all. Unnamed sources say Huma Abedin is meeting with literary agents to discuss a possible book to "detail her side of the sexting scandal and her role in Clinton's run."  The Hollywood Reporter

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These female Star Wars characters are getting their own mini series.  Fortune

Women surgeons shoot New Yorker cover look-alike selfies and post all over social media  CBS News

Behind closed doors, Trump signs bill allowing states to strip federal family planning dollars from abortion providers  Washington Post

Why Coke tapped Jennifer Aniston for Smartwater ads  Fortune


All the way from Arrington, Va., where my family was the property of someone else, to my sitting on the highest court of the State of New York is amazing and huge. And it tells you and me what it is to know who we are and what we can do.
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to serve on New York State’s highest court. She was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday night.