The Broadsheet: April 19th

April 19, 2017, 11:54 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam is now being treated as suspicious, a female-founded “wed-tech” company expands, and it appears that Bill O’Reilly’s days at Fox News may be numbered. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


 Uh-oh, O'Reilly. New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that the Murdock family is seriously considering taking Bill O'Reilly off the air—permanently. According to Sherman's sources, "sons James and Lachlan have been arguing that O’Reilly needs to go... though their father, Rupert, has resisted that outcome."

Much of the pressure to pull the Fox News host is coming from plummeting ad revenues—dozens of sponsors pulled their spots in the wake of a New York Times story revealing that the network had settled multiple cases of sexual harassment against O'Reilly, who denies the allegations. Sherman also reports that the Murdochs are concerned that the scandal could affect their pending $14 billion takeover of European pay-TV provider Sky.

Fortune's Maddie Farber reported on a protest calling for O'Reilly's ouster that took place outside of Fox News HQ yesterday. The event was organized by UltraViolet, an online community that aims to fight sexism in the workplace, which also started a petition that's been signed by about 140,000 people.

"The fact they [Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox] have spent millions to avoid holding him accountable—it's outrageous," said Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet. "It has perpetuated a culture in which men can commit these crimes and be protected, while women who survive are silenced."


 Sad...and suspicious? The death of a pioneering Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was found in the Hudson River last week, is now being treated as “suspicious” by the NYPD.  New York Post

 More on May. Fortune's Claire Zillman notes that British PM Theresa May's call for a spot election could vault another woman into a major leadership role in the country: Several female MPs are in position to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, should he be ousted. Meanwhile, the vote could also mean big things for Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, who is framing the election as a referendum on Scotland leaving the U.K.

 Time for a bigger Houzz. Fortune's Erin Griffith reports that Houzz, the online platform for home remodeling and design services co-founded by Adi Tatarko, is currently raising a large new round of venture of as much as $500 million—which could value the company at more than $5 billion. (A Houzz representative denies the report.)  Fortune

 Going global. The New York Times looks at the relentless global expansion of Ivanka Trump's brand, finding that Ivanka Trump Marks L.L.C., her trademarking business, has filed 173 foreign trademarks in 21 countries over the course of the last decade or so. Four of those new international trademarks—in Canada and the Philippines—have come since her father took office.  New York Times

 My big fat Zola wedding. Zola, a "wed-tech" startup founded by Shan-Lyn Ma, launched as a new kind of online wedding registry. Now, armed with $25 million in funding raised last fall from Lightspeed Ventures, the company is offering a suite of new products—including wedding websites and RSVP tracking—called Zola Weddings. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The Michael J. Fox Foundation has promoted Sohini Chowdhury to deputy CEO. Ellen Pollock, formerly the editor in chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, has been named the next top editor of the New York Times business section.


 Mindy's lovin' it? Deborah Wahl, outgoing McDonald’s CMO, talks about the company's first "unbranded" marketing campaign. The ads, which star Mindy Kaling, are intended to lead consumers to Google searches that will return results related to McDonald's—without ever explicitly mentioning the chain's name. New York Times

 Blood money. Arizona has reached a settlement with Theranos, requiring the Elizabeth Holmes-led company to pay $4.7 million into a reimbursement fund for the 175,000-plus state residents who received Theranos blood tests. WSJ

 Lending a hand. The latest Google Doodle pays tribute to Esther Afua Ocloo, a self-made businesswoman from Ghana who is considered a pioneer of microlending. In 1979, she helped co-found Women's World Banking, a nonprofit that provides low-income women in 29 different countries with small loans to start or further their businesses. Fortune

 Doom and gloom. A new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, points fingers at many inside the Clinton campaign—including Huma Abedin and the candidate herself—for her 2016 loss. Axios

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Erdogan’s victory in the Turkish referendum could be a loss for women  Fortune

Elizabeth Warren's 5 bestselling books on Amazon  Fortune

Women iron workers will get six month of paid maternity leave  Buzzfeed


People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist. He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be.
Jenna Bush Hager, on her father, former President George W. Bush