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The Broadsheet: June 12th

Good morning from foggy San Francisco, Broadsheet readers! I’m Michal Lev-Ram, senior writer at Fortune and co-chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen (a.k.a the MPW Summit’s hip younger sister), subbing for the vacationing Kristen Bellstrom. Speaking of MPW, this weekend my East Coast-based colleagues will head to London for the 2015 Fortune MPW International Summit. Before you get your weekend started, here’s some news to chew on: A Noble Laureate is in trouble for insulting female scientists, Hillary’s campaign preps for its official launch and a big Silicon Valley investment firm gets its first woman partner. Read on for more and enjoy your weekend!


The trouble with Nobel Laureates. Biochemist Tim Hunt may be a genius when it comes to cell division, but he could use a little more schooling when it comes to female scientists. His inflammatory remarks on “the trouble with girls” in the laboratory led to a social media uproar and his resignation from University College London.  New York Times


Ellen Pao is making news again. The interim Reddit CEO, who is most famous for suing former employer Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination, is drawing attention for banning Reddit groups that criticize gay people and minorities.  Fortune

A message to women in media. First, the bad news: We women who work in the media make 83% of what our male counterparts earn. The good news? Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has some tips on how to get ahead. MSNBC

Recasting Michelle and Hillary. Fortune‘s Nina Easton profiles Kristina Schake, a former aide to Michelle Obama who is now charged with recasting Hillary Clinton’s image. (The presidential candidate officially launches her campaign with a rally on Saturday.) Fortune

Spotlighting women in tech. Elle published its second annual “women in tech” list, which includes execs from Eventbrite, Julep and Pinterest. Elle

• We’re outta here: The International Monetary Fund, led by Christine Lagarde, walked away from the negotiating table with Greece, throwing the nation’s reform talks with creditors “into crisis.”  CNBC

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former Pinterest product manager Sarah Tavel is headed to Greylock Partners, adding much-needed gender diversity to the firm’s investing roster. Kohl’s promoted Michelle Gass, who joined the retailer from Starbucks two years ago, to chief merchandising officer. As Twitter chief Dick Costolo steps down and co-founder Jack Dorsey takes the interim CEO role, some people took to the Twitterverse to demand that the company hire a woman as its next CEO. Don’t hold your breath.


Bye-bye Meredith Whitney. One of Wall Street’s highest-profile women has called it quits, at least for now. Whitney’s lawyer confirmed that she will shut down her hedge fund.  MarketWatch

OITNB is back! I’ll be spending the weekend binge-watching the third season of Orange is the New Black, which Netflix unexpectedly released Thursday evening (it wasn’t supposed to debut on the streaming service until tonight). Check out the latest trailer.  YouTube

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A Golden Age for female comics?  Variety

The girl who escaped the Taliban (and became a soccer star).  Vice Sports

A hackathon for women.  Dropbox

Rumer Willis on confidence and body image.  Glamour


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