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The Broadsheet: June 23

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! No one can stop talking—and writing—about Taylor Swift, Gov. Nikki Haley takes a new stand on the Confederate flag, and a startup founder explains why she hid her pregnancy while fundraising. Have a great Tuesday!


A pregnant moment. Talia Goldstein, CEO of matchmaking startup Three Day Rule, writes that after hearing a slew of negative comments about pregnant founders, she felt that the only way to successfully raise money for her company was to hide her growing belly. Fortune


• Queen of all media. After the Apple kerfuffle, everybody’s talking Taylor. Mashable runs down all the ways Swift has become a “kickass businesswoman.” Meanwhile, Pandora’s former CTO, Tom Conrad, took to Twitter to call Swift’s spat with the company “mostly theater.” And Fortune‘s Philip Elmer-DeWitt says the whole thing can teach us some important lessons about doing business in the Internet age.

• It’s time. Following last week’s massacre at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has changed her stance on the Confederate flag, calling for it to be removed from the state’s Capitol grounds. Fortune

• Martha gets marked downMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia, once valued at nearly $2 billion, is being sold for a nearly clearance-sale price of $353 million to Sequential Brands Group. Stewart will retain creative control.  Fortune

The $10 question. Which woman should appear on the new $10 bill? Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison, Equinox president Sarah Robb O’Hagan and four other female execs weigh in with their picks. Fortune

A newswoman makes headlines. Speaking of Megyn Kelly, the anchor is on the cover this month’s Variety. In the story, she talks about her role as co-moderator in the upcoming Republican primary debate, her political stance (independent), and her desire to interview Hillary Clinton. “That would be epic television,” she says. Variety

• My first hack. In this charming video, Mary Lou Jepsen, co-founder of One Laptop Per Child and part of Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality team, talks about her first coding experience: hacking Pong on her parents’ Apple II Plus when she was 14.  Bloomberg

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: SRS Acquiom, which helps manage post-closing activities in private mergers and acquisitions, announced that former JP Morgan Chase exec Heidi Miller has joined the company’s board. New York Life has named Yie-Hsin Hung, who was co-president of its asset management business, CEO of the unit. Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the Newark public school system, has resigned.


U-S-A! After beating Colombia 2-0, the U.S. Women’s World Cup team will advance to the quarterfinals. Time

• Lobbying for leave. Advocates of paid leave say they’re seeing fresh momentum behind the issue, with both businesses and politicians supporting more generous policies. “For things that seemed like a long shot [12 month ago], the landscape is completely different now,” says Sarah Jane Glynn, director of women’s economic policy at the Center for American Progress.   New York Times

Going green-ish? In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi writes that it’s time to enact harsher regulations for delivery fleet emissions, adding that her company has taken steps to reduce its own emissions. However, Fortune‘s Benjamin Snyder says that her company’s electric and other non-gas vehicles make up just 6.4% of its total American fleet.  Fortune

• Quitting the habit. Helena Foulkes, president of CVS/pharmacy, explains how her company plans to replace the $2 billion in annual tobacco revenue that its drugstores used to reap before phasing out cigarettes. Fortune

• Walk like an Egyptian. Dozens of Egyptian women defied a nationwide ban on unsanctioned street protests, rallying outside the presidential palace in Cairo to demand the release of political prisoners. New York Times

• Insider intel? After publishing a 2012 report that included uncanny details of secret Fed deliberations, economic analyst Regina Schleiger has become the focus of U.S. investigators, who want to know how she ended up with the potentially market-moving info. Bloomberg

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Why it matters that Inside Out’s protagonist is a girl—not a princess  Time

Signs of postpartum depression may appear months after initial screening  WSJ

For dads in Silicon Valley, balancing work and home is tough, too  SF Chronicle

The Supreme Court just quoted Spider Man  Time


After you fail, which I have, you can either choose to crumble and retreat and become nonfunctional, which I’ve seen happen, or you can just become a lone wolf, forget about the cool kids and just continue to do your own thing.

screenwriter Diablo Cody, on overcoming self-doubt