The Broadsheet: May 20th

May 20, 2015, 11:46 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton finally fields some press questions, we learn more about breast cancer, and Cannes is turning away women in flats. Also, remember to follow Marissa Mayer’s best advice: Be bold! Have a great Wednesday.


Fortune favors the bold. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tells Fortune's Pattie Sellers that her favorite leadership advice came from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, with whom she worked for 13 years. Mayer says she had just accepted the top job at Yahoo and was walking out of Google when Brin gave her this invaluable advice: "Don't forget to be bold." Check out the full interview transcript.  Fortune


More on Marissa. And speaking of Mayer, her plan to spin off Yahoo’s $34 billion stake in Alibaba tax-free could run into resistance from the IRS. Yahoo says potential changes to the tax-free treatment of spinoffs shouldn’t affect its transaction, since the company has already filed its request. The news prompted Yahoo shares to fall 7.6% yesterday.  Bloomberg

This week in Hillary. In what's being seen as a win for Hillary Clinton, a federal judge has instructed the U.S. State Department to release Clinton's emails on a rolling basis rather than waiting until all the messages have been cleared. Clinton also made headlines for taking media questions yesterday, after weeks of essentially ignoring the press. Among the topics she tackled: her family's foundation, her personal wealth and the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

 A policy falls flat. Some female attendees of the Cannes Film Festival are apparently being turned away because they're wearing--quelle horreur!--flats. Needless to say, this is not a good look for the festival, which has made a well-documented effort to be more inclusive of women this year. Slate

Density is not destiny. New research indicates that not all women with dense breast tissue are at high risk of developing cancer. Researchers now say that rather than looking at density alone, women and their doctors should also consider other risk factors when deciding whether to get extra tests, like an MRI or ultrasound.  New York Times

 Hurting the next gen? Is the media focus on sexism in Silicon Valley helping to solve the problem, or is it dissuading young female entrepreneurs from pursuing their dreams? Some female tech founders think that success stories are getting lost in the negativity. Fortune

 Me and my shadow. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has named 15-year Amazon veteran Maria Renz as his “shadow” or, more formally, technical adviser to the CEO. The role is one of the most coveted at Amazon and has never before been held by a woman. Renz will act as an adviser to Bezos, sitting by his side in daily meetings and serving as a sounding board on big decisions.  Re/Code

 Columba campaigns? This profile of Columba Bush, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, chronicles her unhappiness with the role of political spouse, and speculates about how she'll fare in the presidential race--and possibly as First Lady.   The Atlantic

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Barbara Goodstein, former CMO of Vonage, has been named president and CEO of TIGER 21 Holdings, a network of super-wealthy investors.


Beyonce posts bail? Pop megastar Beyonce and her mogul husband Jay Z have reportedly given "tens of thousands" of dollars to bail out protesters who were jailed following anti-police brutality demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.  The Guardian

A big step forward. Following a double mastectomy, celebrity chef Sandra Lee is out of surgery and doing well, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, her partner of 10 years. People

The art of change. Anne Pasternak has been named director of the Brooklyn Museum. Pasternak was previously president and artistic director of Creative Time, an arts organization that stages free exhibitions and events at public sites throughout New York, and will be the first woman to lead the Brooklyn Museum.  New York Times

  GoT goes too far? Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) yesterday tweeted that she's "done [with] Game of Thrones." Without getting too far into spoiler territory, I think it's fair to say that it was an episode of sexual violence that pushed McCaskill over the edge. As viewers of the show will know, this isn't the first time GoT has been accused of misogyny. Washington Post

 Carrying the weight. Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University senior who made news for carrying a mattress to protest the school’s handling of her alleged sexual assault, carried her mattress in the graduation procession. Daily Beast

Oops! Nasty Gal, the clothing company founded by Sophia Amoruso, took to Twitter after the Billboard Music Awards to claim credit for Taylor Swift's amazing white jumpsuit. The problem? Swift's outfit was actually a Balmain design, which Nasty Girl had recently knocked off.  Quartz

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Joanna Stern tried to write as much of her latest WSJ column as possible in emoji. See if you can follow along  WSJ

Congrats, MBA grads! You're getting a $45,000 raise  Fortune

Anna Kendrick could be your next Indiana Jones  Time

Judge sends 11 Afghan policemen to prison over mob killing of a woman  NPR

Bridesmaids are helping save Urban Outfitters  Quartz


The lesson I got out of that day was to keep the faith.

Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on <em>Orange is the New Black</em>. Abuda says she had decided to quit acting the same day she was offered the role.