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The Broadsheet: June 26

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Madonna fights ageism, two female politicians prepare to duke it out in the next Polish election, and the U.S. Women’s World Cup team is becoming a victim of its success. Enjoy your Friday!


Rooting for the overdogs? This Wall Street Journal story argues that because the U.S. Women’s World Cup team has triumphed in the past, it is being held to a higher standard than the underdog men’s team. WSJ


• A bad thing? The deal to sell Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to Sequential Brands Group may be coming undone. The reason? Sequential CEO Yehuda Shmidman reportedly leaked details of the agreement before it had been finalized.  Fortune

• Does superstardom have an age limit? Madonna, 56, has become a sort of crusader against age discrimination. No matter how you feel about the pop star’s latest antics, you have to respect her unwillingness to bend to society’s stereotypes about how woman her age should behave. New York Times

• Univision fires the Donald. Univision will not air the upcoming 2015 Miss USA pageant, partially owned by Donald Trump, due to his recent comments about Mexican immigrants. Fortune

Woman vs. woman. The next Polish general election will be between two women: Ewa Kopacz, who became Prime Minister last fall, and Beata Szydlo, deputy leader of the right-wing Law and Justice party. The Economist

• Tech warriors. Meet the female alumni of Unit 8200, a division of the Israeli Defense Forces that has been called “the greatest tech school in the world.” Fortune

Women of Wall Street. Who will be the first woman to run a major Wall Street firm? Three women are currently within striking distance of the CEO role.  Bloomberg

A dancer’s debut. Misty Copeland made her New York debut in the double role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She is the first African-American to dance this epic part with the American Ballet Theater.  New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kathryn Tesija, Target’s chief merchant, is stepping down. Subway Restaurants has named Suzanne Greco president. Her brother and company co-founder Fred DeLuca, who is battling leukemia, will remain CEO. Megan Quinn, an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins, has announced she’s leaving the VC firm for a “stealth” project.


• DisLike. Facebook announced its latest diversity stats, revealing that it’s made very little progress on hiring women and minorities. Fortune

• Tweeting truth. Actress Rose McGowan says she was fired by her agent after tweeting about being asked to wear a revealing outfit to audition for an Adam Sandler movie. EW

Career matchmakers. A pair of new companies are trying to help female jobseekers find technology gigs at a woman-friendly companies.  Fortune

• A role model. Ad agency Droga5 won the Cannes Lions Grand Prix in the Cyber category for its Under Armour campaign starring model Gisele Bundchen. The campaign features a website that pulled real-time social-media insults about Bundchen to show how she uses her strength and will to block out her nastiest detractors.  AdWeek

• Hacked! Check out part 2 of Fortune‘s epic story on the Sony hack that brought down then-studio chief Amy Pascal.  Fortune

• Wrong place, wrong time. Courtney Love says she was attacked by Uber protesters in Paris. Time

Girls who pitchTen teams of pre-college girls are in San Francisco this week for the Technovation World Pitch Challenge, an event where young women pitch mobile apps designed to address local challenges to a panel of female tech execs.  WSJ

• Sunny newsSunrun, a residential solar company led by CEO Lynn Jurich, has disclosed plans for a $100 million IPO. Fortune

Tune in to Fortune Live today and every Friday at 3 pm ET at This week’s guests are Kathryn Minshew, CEO of The Muse, MaryLeigh Bliss, VP of content at Ypulse and writer Nadira Hira.

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Why Lululemon is recalling these women’s tops  Fortune

Taylor Swift’s 1989 will be available on Apple Music  Time

A transgender woman heckles President Obama at gay pride event  The Guardian

Why isn’t having more women in leadership budging the wage gap?  Fast Company


We can change our behavior… We can together make a society where the sometimes distancing effect of technology doesn't remove our fundamental humanity.

Monica Lewinsky, speaking at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity