• Mining for women. The world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, yesterday pledged to have a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. To reach this goal, the company will have to employ an additional 21,000 women by the middle of the next decade.
• Thanks, Theranos. According to yet another investigation into Theranos by the Wall Street Journal, the blood-testing startup didn't just burn investors—one of whom has filed a lawsuit against the Elizabeth Holmes-run company—but has left "a trail of agonized patients."
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• Posh partnership. Target has launched a limited-edition designer apparel collection with Victoria Beckman. The line will go on sale in April 2017 and will include the Spice Girl-turned-fashion icon's first foray into children's clothing.
• Equity investment. Equity, the 2016 financial thriller, is headed to the small screen as a drama series that will center on a female banker navigating male-dominated Wall Street.
• What do welders wear? As more women enter fields traditionally dominated by men—think welders, ranchers, and farmers—the need for suitable attire has emerged. Enter women's workwear startups like Gamine Company, Red Ants Pants, and Rosies Workwear.
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• No flag thrown. The NFL hired Lisa Friel in 2014 to investigate the off-field behavior of its players after being criticized for mishandling cases of domestic violence. But Friel's judgement is being called into question after an investigation she led earlier this year could not corroborate domestic violence allegations against New York Giants kicker Josh Brown. In documents released Wednesday, Brown admitted to abusing his ex-wife Molly.
• A succession plan twist. British American Tobacco today made a $47 billion takeover bid for the 58% of Reynolds American that it doesn't already own. The deal would create the world's largest listed tobacco company, and the prospect of it comes at a time of transition for Reynolds. On Wednesday, it announced R.J. Reynolds president and COO Debra Crew would take over for CEO Susan Cameron.
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Polyvore CEO Jess Lee has become VC firm Sequoia Capital's first female investing partner in the U.S. Lyft CMO Kira Wampler has left the company. Melissa Waters, formerly the VP of brand and product marketing at Pandora, will become Lyft's new head of marketing.