Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton tangles with Black Lives Matter, women get their own libido-boosting pill, and we see the power-packed lineup at Fortune’s Brainstorm E. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
• Hearts vs. laws. Footage of a private meeting between Hillary Clinton and activists from the Black Lives Matter movement in New Hampshire shows a tense but civil exchange, with Clinton suggesting that BLM focus on policy changes rather than on “changing hearts.” In a later interview, BLM activist Daunasia Yancey said Clinton’s “response really targeting on policy wasn’t sufficient for us.”
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ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• A little pink pill. Addyi, the first drug to treat a persistent lack of libido in women, has been approved by the FDA—despite provoking serious side effects in some studies. Cindy Whitehead, CEO of the drug’s maker, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, says the effect of Addyi “may seem modest but it is quite significant” to the women who would take it.
• Power-packed Brainstorm. The initial speaker lineup for Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference is out. Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé and Sunrun co-founder and co-CEO Lynn Jurich, whose company just went public, are just a couple of the women execs on the slate. E stands for energy and the environment, incidentally, and the confab takes place Sept. 28-29 in Austin, Texas.
• Donald’s big sister. This fascinating profile of Maryanne Trump Barry, senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, paints a picture of a tough, opinionated jurist who hasn’t ridden her brother’s coattails.
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• Gawker’s guardian. Heather Dietrick, the 34-year-old general counsel of Gawker Media, is trying to fend off a $100 million lawsuit from Hulk Hogan. “Being young in this position can sometimes stop people in their tracks, such as when you’re in court and fighting for the right to speak.”
• ED embraces individuality. Ellen DeGeneres has partnered with Gap Inc. on a new kids clothing line that is “dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance…build forts or paint rainbows.”
• Pinning the gap. Pinterest is tackling the gender pay gap by bringing in an outside firm to analyze employee wages. The review started 18 months ago, although the company hasn’t said whether it’s turned up any bias or resulted in pay adjustments.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• A first in the People’s House. The White House has hired its first openly transgender staffer: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the Office of Personnel.
• Truth to power. In this Q+A, New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi talks about the chilling ways that women and children are systematically raped, bought, sold and used as recruiting tools by terrorists of the Islamic State. If you haven’t read her story, it’s worth your time.
• Female dealmakers. In the male-dominated world of private equity, TSG Consumer Partners stands out. The firm’s senior leadership consists of 40% women (compared to 11% in the industry as a whole), and it invests in companies whose customers are mostly female.
• Straight outta the film. Journalist Dee Barnes, who was assaulted by Dr. Dre in 1991, writes about watching Straight Outta Compton, the new film about Dre’s rap group, N.W.A.. Barnes notes that the movie makes no mention of the attack—or of any other violence against women perpetrated by Dre. “Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A.,” she writes, “I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.”
• Co-founder date nights? When financial services startup inDinero started to falter, co-founder and CEO Jessica Mah turned things around by pivoting to focus on accounting and tax software—and by agreeing to the demand of her co-founder, Andy Su, that the two platonic partners try couples therapy.
• Hot out of the kitchen. Culinary Agents, led by CEO Alice Cheng, is a sort of LinkedIn for food and restaurant professionals. This NBC News segment follows Cheng through a day in the life of a startup CEO in New York City.
Editor’s Note: I got a couple of responses to yesterday’s Broadsheet objecting to my use of the word “suicide” in reference to the death of Sandra Bland. While I recognize that many unanswered questions remain, I used that term because her death was ruled a suicide after an autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
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|I want to make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life, so you should be proud of being different. You should be proud of who you are.|
| -- Ellen DeGeneres, speaking at the Teen Choice Awards |