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The Broadsheet: July 14

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary targets Wall Street and the sharing economy, a surprising number of big companies are supporting transgender employees, and some of the most powerful women in technology are making waves at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference. Have a great Tuesday.


• Hillary: Over Uber? In the first major economic policy speech of her campaign, Hillary Clinton called out a recovery that’s distributed too many of its gains to the wealthiest and promised to take a hands-on role in reducing income inequality. She also weighed in on the sharing economy, saying that the proliferation of companies that rely on contract workers raises “hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.”


• Equal opportunity employers. This surprising feature unearths the way some the country’s biggest companies have stepped in where the U.S. government has not, providing protections and benefits to their transgender employees. Fortune’s Claire Zillman digs into the stats—66% of Fortune 500 companies have instituted a gender identity non-discrimination policy—and shares the inspiring stories of some of the employees who’ve benefited from these protections. Fortune

Seeking digital savvy. Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Megan Smith, CTO of the U.S. government, answers a question many of us have wondered about: Why is the government so bad at technology? One reason, says Smith, is that the top decision makers don’t have digital experience. “Getting leaders who are fluent in digital technologies into leadership positions” is critical, she says. Fortune

Cover girls. To honor the victory of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team, Sports Illustrated‘s July 20 issue will have multiple covers, one for each of the 23 players, plus coach Jill Ellis. Sports Illustrated

• She, robot. Reporting in from Brainstorm Tech, Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers writes about the future of drones, now that the government is beginning to allow the machines to be flown for commercial use. According to Helen Greiner, CEO of drone maker CyPhy Works, drones will soon become like “appliances—the next generation of video camera.”  Fortune

• Semper Fidelis? Despite improving the performance of recruits at the Marine Corps’ all-women boot camp, Lt. Colonel Kate Germano was removed from command last month, after rubbing some superiors the wrong way. Her dismissal has raised questions about the willingness of the Marine Corps to keep women in leadership roles. New York Times

• Service knows no genderIn more uplifting military news, the Pentagon says it’s finalizing a plan to allow transgender people to openly serve in the military beginning early next year.  New York Times

• Space cadets. The New Horizons team, which is running a mission to gather footage and data about Pluto, may include more female staffers than any other in NASA’s history. The Atlantic

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Life sciences company Nodality named Kathleen LaPorte as CEO.


Meet Airbnb’s highest-ranking woman exec

Belinda Johnson, Airbnb’s general counsel since 2011, is about to become more than just the company’s legal eagle. In her new role—chief business affairs and legal officer—Johnson will be one of Airbnb’s top business leaders, overseeing a sprawling domain that includes civic partnerships, public policy, communications, social and philanthropic initiatives and, of course, legal.

The first executive hired by CEO Brian Chesky, Johnson has long had a high-profile role at Airbnb. She leads the company’s efforts to work with city governments and has been at the forefront of the dozens of legal issues Airbnb has faced in recent years. While the company has suffered some big loses—New York, for one, dramatically limits the circumstances under which people can legally list their apartments on Airbnb—lately, things seem to be trending its way. Johnson’s team can count San Francisco, Nashville and San Jose as wins; the cities have all passed legislation to legalize short-term rentals, with Philadelphia joining their ranks earlier this month.

In some ways, Johnson says the job is a formalized version of what she’s already been doing at Airbnb, though she points out that certain aspects, such as overseeing communications and philanthropy efforts, will be new to her. Her team will also grow, going from about 90 to 130. The plan, says Johnson, is that the shift will allow her to zero in on development and implementation of strategy, freeing up Chesky to focus elsewhere.

Chesky, who recently talked to Fortune about his leadership strategy, agrees, saying “It’s very important that I spend my time looking over the horizon…A lot of the things I’ve been doing, maybe Belinda is a lot better at them than I am.” In a blog post, Chesky calls hiring Johnson “one of the best decisions we ever made.” In her new role, he says he expects her to become a “proxy for me…She’ll become more of the face and the voice of the company.”

Read the rest of my story here.


Class with Campbell? Former CNN host Campbell Brown, whose views on teacher tenure and public schools have stirred up plenty of controversy, tells Fortune why she decided to launch education news website The Seventy Four. Fortune

• Fashionable funding. StyleSeat, led by co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey, has closed a $25 million Series B funding round. The company, which helps independent beauty pros schedule clients and manage their business, has already wooed investors like Uber founder Travis Kalanick and actor Ashton Kutcher. Fortune

• Reddit revealed? Details about the dismissal of Reddit employee Victoria Taylor—which spelled the beginning of the end for Ellen Pao’s run as the company’s CEO—are beginning to surface. Yishan Wong, Pao’s predecessor at Reddit, has accused site co-founder Alexis Ohanian of firing Taylor, then letting Pao take the heat.  New York Times

• YouTube’s Wojcicki is ready to buy. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the Brainstorm tech audience that the online video company is open to acquisitions. “Anything that helps us move faster,” says Wojcicki. Fortune

She’s got game. Electronic Arts has hired Jade Raymond to run a new EA studio in Canada and to take over a second that will work on an upcoming Star Wars game. She’s the second woman the gaming company has named to an executive post this month, a noteworthy move in an industry grappling with criticism over how it treats women.  WSJ

• The never-ending story. The origin of Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman, has already been the target of speculation. Now, Lee’s lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, has put forth a new version of how she found the new novel and hinted at the possibility that she has found a third book.  New York Times

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The group that doles out the Oscars just got a little more diverse  Fortune

You may be getting more sleep than you think you are  WSJ

How ESPN decided to give the Courage award to Caitlyn Jenner  Time

Watch Venus Williams’ dad school a white journalist on how to interview a 14-year-old black girl  Quartz


Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world's children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls