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The Broadsheet: June 29

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Angela Merkel is expected to weigh in on the Greek debt crisis today, truckers want to recruit more female drivers, and GM CEO Mary Barra talks about her plan to challenge Tesla. Have a productive Monday!


• The clock is ticking. With Greece closing its banks this week to stop panicked account holders from withdrawing funds, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to make a statement today about the importance of finding a way to keep the country in the eurozone. Even Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who has often been sharply critical of Greece, released a softer statement, declaring her “commitment to continue to engage with the Greek authorities.” New York Times


• Women at the wheel. The trucking industry is hoping to counter its growing labor shortage by putting more women behind the wheel. Trucking company Ryder is working with nonprofit Women in Trucking to improve safety, design more women-friendly trucks and recruit more female drivers. Fortune

• My name is my name. A growing number of women are keeping their maiden names after marriage. However, many report that they’re choosing to do so for practical, rather than political, reasons.  New York Times

Car talk. GM CEO Mary Barra talks to The Verge about how the automaker is trying to appeal to younger drivers, and why she believes the new Chevy Bolt could be a game-changer for the electric vehicle market. The Verge

• Martha goes shopping? The Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia sale saga continues. Plymouth Lane Capital Management has disclosed a 10.9% stake in the company and urged the board, which recently agreed to a $353 merger with Sequential Brands Group, to look for other offers.  WSJ

• A win for weddings. The Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the U.S. will provide a major windfall to the wedding business—an industry dominated by women. Fortune

• Witchy women. Have you heard of the “Night Witches,” an all-female squadron of Russian bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids during World War II? I hadn’t and was blown away by this story about the group, which was founded by Col. Marina Raskova, a Soviet pilot known as the “Russian Amelia Earhart.”   Vanity Fair


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

• Let there be light. Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson, says a good leader never leaves her people in the dark. When employees understand where the company is headed, a time of transition can be exciting rather than scary. Fortune

A risk-taker’s reward. Taking risks raises your confidence, says Mary Beth Laughton, SVP of e-commerce and digital marketing at Sephora. Laughton moved from the U.S. to Amsterdam early in her career, and in times of uncertainty she thinks to herself: “If I could do that, I can definitely do this!”   Fortune

 Spanish step. What does getting a master’s degree in Spanish have to do with a career in insurance? You’d be surprised, writes Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance.  Fortune


• A second step in the right direction. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a second woman as a provincial governor, even though his first appointee has been unable to take office because of fierce opposition. Seema Joyenda will serve in Ghor Province, one of the poorest places in the country.  New York Times

• Trust Nooyi on this. Speaking at a consumer goods conference, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi stressed the importance of trust, which she says is increasingly critical to corporate success. “Trust is the intangible currency we trade on,” she said. “It is what binds consumers to our brands.”  Fortune

• Lloyd leads. Carli Lloyd is emerging as the new leader of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team, urging her coach and teammates to take more risks if they want to win the tournament. Lloyd says her drive comes from the times she’s been benched by previous coaches. “It’s this constant trying to prove people wrong,” she says.  New York Times

Holding the purse strings. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance is ahead of the state government curve when it comes to increasing the number of women in powerful roles: About 60% of the office’s leadership positions are held by women. Boston Globe

• Grandma knows best? This Daily Beast story argues that Kate Middleton’s mom, Carole, is one of the most influential people in the royal couple’s circle. She’s shaping the world of her grandchildren with her “middle-class values of hard work and fair play, not the ossified Windsor culture of privilege.” Daily Beast

• An activist acts out. Activist, musician and filmmaker Bree Newsome on Saturday climbed a flagpole on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds and took down the Confederate flag. Newsome was immediately arrested and the flag was raised back into place.

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How Kim Kardashian liberated Armenia  Daily Beast

Margaret Atwood will contribute to comic book anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls  Slate

What happened to the nine-year-old girl smoking in Mary Ellen Mark’s photo  NPR

Caitlyn Jenner teases new life in I am Cait promo  Refinery29


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