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The Broadsheet: July 6

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Team USA made us proud, Ellen Pao is in the middle of yet another controversy, and Angela Merkel is trying to map a path forward in the wake of Greek voters rejecting her bailout plan. Have a wonderful Monday!


• U-S-A, U-S-A! The U.S. women’s national team beat Japan 5-2 last night to win their first World Cup title since 1999. Team USA dominated the astounding game, which the players described as “surreal” and “crazy.” Carli Lloyd scored three U.S. goals in the first 16 minutes of the match, putting in a performance as good as any “in a World Cup final by any man or female,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.  Sports Illustrated


• Merkel marches on. After Greek voters rejected creditors’ terms for rescue aid, there is mounting demand in Germany to eject Greece from the EU. Will Angela Merkel bow to this public sentiment? It’s too soon to say, but Merkel will travel to Paris today to discuss the situation. Fortune

• Reddit revolts. Ellen Pao, interim CEO of Reddit, stirred up more controversy by firing popular director of talent Victoria Taylor. In response, volunteer moderators effectively shut down hundreds of the site’s communities in protest. Now, an online petition calling for Pao to step down has been signed by more than 100,000 people.  Business Insider

James cashes in her chips. Intel president Renee James has announced that she’s leaving the chip giant. While the official word is that James is departing to seek a CEO position elsewhere, many speculate that she already has a new outside job locked up, which will be announced later.   Fortune

• A heads up. The 2015 World Cup may be over, but let’s hope that some of the issues raised by this year’s tournament—including the problem of concussions in women’s soccer—remain in the public eye.   Fortune

Game, set, moms’ match. Tennis players Casey Dellacqua, Tatjana Maria and Evgeniya Rodina have all competed at Wimbledon this year, but that’s not all they have in common: They’re also moms.  New York Times

• Not funny. Just when you thought we were finally over the “women aren’t funny” fallacy, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner came out with this gem during a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “In the history of the motion picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women—a Lucille Ball—that are funny, is impossible to find.” Hollywood Reporter

• A star-studded split. Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their split 10 years and one day after their marriage. This story explains why that timing is not a coincidence—and looks at what their divorce can teach us about prenups. Fortune


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.

Productivity pointers. Struggling to keep your focus at work? Sandhya Venkatachalam, co-founder of Centerview Capital, points to four surprising factors that could be zapping your productivity.   Fortune

• School of schmooze. Don’t worry if you’re not a natural networker, says Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of Broadband TV. Her tips will help even the shyest professional start to fill up that empty contact list. Fortune

Get the gig. Looking to go from internship to full-time job? S’well CEO Sarah Kauss, who says that 25% of her current employees started as interns, explains how you can parlay your summer gig into something more substantial.  Fortune


• The grandmother effectCan women turn age to their advantage? Lately, a group of prominent 60-somethings—including Janet Yellen, Hillary Clinton, and Angela Merkel—seem to be doing just that. This article argues that women, often held back by domestic responsibilities in midlife, are better suited to shift into high gear at a later age.  The Atlantic

• Gracias, Maria. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street, is retiring after 44 years.  The Guardian

• Film goes femme? This insightful dialogue between New York Times‘ film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis probes whether the recent spate of female-driven hits means feminism conquered Hollywood. New York Times

• Passing on PantherAva DuVernay says she considered directing Marvel’s Black Panther movie, but she ultimately passed on the job. Speaking at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, she said: “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be.” Essence

• Meet Freddie. More than two million teens get regular emails from “Alysha” at, suggesting ways to do social good. Last week, they got a different kind of text from Alysha—this one saying that Alysha was now going by Freddie and was coming out as transgender. Re/Code

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Holly Madison, ex-Playboy bunny, tells all and strikes publishing gold  WSJ

Tweets won’t save India’s baby girls  Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo   Time

How Bobbi Brown spends her Sundays   New York Times


You guys had 2,000 years of control of society and that’s about to go now.

Artist Yoko Ono, speculating about why she makes some men uncomfortable.