The Broadsheet: May 26

May 26, 2015, 11:47 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Carly Fiorina draws crowds in Iowa, Abby Wambach is hell-bent on bringing home her first World Cup victory, and female soldiers are struggling. Plus, meet the woman who created today’s Sally Ride Google doodle. Have a great Tuesday.


 Struggling to serve. Women made up a record-high 15% of American forces in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, yet many report feeling like they didn't belong. In this pair of New York Times articles, Lt. Courtney Wilson tells her moving story of struggling with depression while serving in Afghanistan, and other female soldiers and veterans share their military experiences. A good reminder that we should continue to remember our service members and vets long after Memorial Day.


 A commander's commandments. Admiral Michelle Howard is the first African-American Navy commander and first four-star woman in Navy historyShe played a key role in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, whose kidnapping by Somali pirates inspired the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips. In this Fortune interview, Howard shares her hard-won leadership lessons. Fortune

A crowd pleaser. Carly Fiorina and her biting one-liners are drawing big crowds and firing up the Republican faithful in Iowa. However, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO's poll numbers haven't yet caught up with her stump appeal in the presidential race. New York Times

Occupied office. Ada Colau, a member of Spain's Occupy movement who made a name for herself fighting foreclosures during the country's economic crisis, has been elected mayor of Barcelona. NPR

One last score? Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer in international soccer, is gearing up for her final Women’s World Cup. With two Olympic gold medals but no World Cup title, Wambach is focused on a win--although some wonder if she's fit and determined enough to pull it off.   New York Times

Parental protections. HopSkipDrive claims to be the first ride-hailing startup to do fingerprint background checks of its drivers. The company was founded by three women, who say they developed the service with parents in mind. “We created what we would need to feel that this is okay for our kids,” say CEO Joanna McFarland.   Re/Code

An environmental investor. Mafalda Duarte is the manager of the Climate Investment Funds, which has amassed $8.3 billion to put toward clean energy projects around the world. In an interview with Fortune, Duarte lays out her vision for the organization. Success, she says: "Is when we're not needed anymore."   Fortune


Meet the woman behind today's Sally Ride Google doodle

Have you Googled today? If so, you've likely seen Olivia Huynh's Google doodle celebrating the life of astronaut Sally Ride.

On Friday, Huynh was still in the midst of finalizing the Ride animation, but she took a break from her looming deadline to talk to Fortune about what it’s like to be a doodler, where her ideas come from, and her personal connection to Ride.

What follows is an edited transcript of that conversation.

How did you end up at Google?

Google sort of found me--which was unbelievable. Before that I was just freelancing and taking my films to festivals. They asked me, 'Do you want to work on a doodle for Halloween?' and I was like, "there’s nothing I’d rather do--in the world. That's amazing." After that, they had a full-time position for someone who could animate and I was hired by mid-November [of 2014].

Do you spend 100% of your time working on doodles?

Occasionally we do get side projects where someone from another team wants a more creative eye. But for the most part, it's just doodles. I also collaborate with other people, which is probably the most fun for me. I helped animate Nelly Bly [a video doodle that includes an original song] and Valentine's Day.

How often does Google do doodles?

The team has really grown since the first doodles, which has given us the power to do more. We're doing about 400 a year now. A lot of those are in other countries—they wouldn’t make sense for the U.S. We're always working on something.

To read the rest of our conversation, click here.


Family-not-so-friendly. Family-friendly policies designed to help workers balance their jobs with their other responsibilities often have unintended consequences. In some cases, they can even end up discouraging employers from hiring women in the first place. One possible way to avoid the backlash: Make all policies gender neutral.  New York Times

A liberal education? First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Oberlin College yesterday, encouraging grads to engage in efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, halt global warming and pass equal pay legislation. Bloomberg

 Eating the elephant. European antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager talks about her plan for bringing antitrust campaigns against some of the world’s largest businesses. “If you want to eat an elephant, you need a strategy,” she says. “If you try to do it in one bite, you will choke on it.”  Fortune

 No more drama? Actress Tatum O’Neal, now 51 and with her epic troubles seemingly under control, reflects on her late alcoholic mother, her abusive dad, her tempestuous ex-husband, and her recovering addict son Kevin, whose debut novel has arrived to positive reviews. You have to wonder when this picture will crack again, but for now at least, it's touching. New York Times

 Million-dollar burn. Several of the male contestants on this season of Survivor have been accused of misogyny, so some viewers cheered when contestant (and Yahoo executive) Shirin Oskooi stood up for herself--and for the other women on the show--during the final tribal council. In her speech, Oskooi called out her antagonists and dropped this gem: "What you guys don’t know about me is that I made my first million by the time I was 25 years old." Fortune

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Anne Meara: Way more than Ben Stiller's mom  CNN

Maria Sharapova on the loves of her traveling life  WSJ

Trying to organize a marathon, an Arab Israeli woman runs into opposition  NPR

Are scarves the new "power" accessory?  Fortune


That's not really who I am and that's not what I'm about.

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, on how she plans on handling offers that sexualize athletes.