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The Broadsheet: July 29

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Team Trump continues to offend pretty much everyone, Sheryl Sandberg shares Facebook’s latest diversity push, and a Chinese company wants to fine employees for “unapproved” pregnancies. Have a great Wednesday!


• Wait, what? A little-known Chinese credit union recently proposed a policy requiring female employees to ask for permission to get pregnant—and fining them if they do so without pre-approval. While such a rule would be illegal, labor experts say that Chinese laws protecting pregnant workers often go unenforced. Fortune


A sorry comment. Donald Trump’s special counsel and spokesman Michael Cohen apologized for his horrific and flat-out-wrong comment that you “cannot rape your spouse.” Cohen, who made the remark in an interview with Daily Beast, was responding to a rape accusation leveled at Trump by his then-wife Ivana during their divorce proceedings in the 1990s—an allegation she has since walked back. Time

Consciousness raising. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the company’s new anti-unconscious bias course yesterday, and also said that the course is available to the public: Fortune

• Reddit retreat. Reddit’s head of community, Jessica Moreno, has left the company. For those of you keeping score at home, she is the fourth senior female employee to exit in less than a month. Re/Code

• Train like a girl. In a New York Times article written originally slated to appear in—and rejected by—the Marine Corps Gazette, Lt. Col. Kate Germano argues that the Marines tolerate lower performance in young women than in men. A notoriously tough leader, Germano was relieved of her command of an all-female training battalion. She’s controversial, but her insightful piece is worth a read for anyone interested in the future of women in the military.  New York Times

• Broads of a feather. Vice has announced that “Broadly,” its provocative—and likely controversial—new women’s channel, will officially launch on August 3. For a preview, click here The Observer

• Women gain yardage. In the wake of Jen Welter’s arrival as the NFL’s first female coach, Fortune‘s Daniel Roberts weighs in on what her appointment could mean for other women looking to find a place in men’s pro sports. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Sports merchandise company Fanatics named Karen Ruby SVP of human resources. Ruby was previously a director of HR at Amazon.


• Novel idea. Throughout history, many women’s stories have been sadly—but perhaps unsurprisingly—forgotten. Now, a new slew of novels may reverse that trend by featuring characters like trailblazing aviator Beryl Markham and Rachel Manzana Pomie, mother of painter Camille Pissarro.  Vanity Fair

• Hillary blocks ISIS. Hillary Clinton wants Islamic State militants blocked from using Twitter to recruit and spread their message. Not all government officials agree, since social media also gives counterterrorism officials a useful window into how the group operates. WSJ

Canny Kim. Rolling Stone’s cover story on Kim Kardashian West captures the reality star-turned-icon in all her contradictions, describing her as “at once extraordinarily human… and a master of what critic Jerry Saltz has called the ‘new uncanny,’ or art that blurs the line between human and a robot pretending to be a human.” Rolling Stone

• Post-pipeline problems. Rachel Thomas, who teaches software development at all-women Hackbright Academy, writes that the scarcity of women in tech is as much an issue of attrition as it is a pipeline problem. Companies looking to hold onto their female tech talent should make a point of reading her suggestions.  Medium

Slums to Silicon Valley. Leila Janah’s non-profit Samasource connects the world’s poorest people in places like India and Uganda to low-level tech jobs. So far, the start-up has helped 6,527 people in nine countries find employment.  Wired

• Firm favorites. Are you a new law school grad or an attorney thinking about changing firms? Check out this list of the 50 best law firms for working moms. Fortune

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Four women bond over the beauty in their baldness  New York Times

The secret to getting ahead? A work spouse  Fortune

America’s first female four-star general on why being a boy’s club is bad for business  Quartz

These people are trying to bridge the digital gender gap  Vice


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