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The Broadsheet: August 10th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The aftermath of the GOP debate kept Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Carly Fiorina in the headlines all weekend (and this morning!). Also in the news: Bernie Sanders’ new national press secretary and Target’s decision to do away with sexist signage. Have a productive Monday.


• Trump spins. Donald Trump was all over the Sunday political shows yesterday, trying to walk back some of his comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly and painting himself as a champion of women. Besides denying that his comment about “blood coming out of [Kelly’s] wherever” was a reference to menstruation, he said, “I cherish women” and said that women “are amazing executives. They are killers. They are phenomenal.”

Do you buy it? I sure don’t. And after reading this history of Trump’s insults to women by Fortune’s Nina Easton, I find it hard to believe that the issue took so long to emerge and start damaging the mogul’s campaign.


Hill’s plan for college bills. Today, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will outline her $350 billion, 10-year plan for reducing college loan debt. While such a plan would likely face stiff opposition from Republicans, some education analysts point out that concerns about high tuition cross party lines. The proposal will be announced in more detail at a campaign event later today in New Hampshire.  Time

Women’s woman? Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has been making headlines by jumping into GOP gender issues, criticizing Trump’s attacks on Kelly and calling out Jeb Bush’s questioning of the amount of federal money spent on women’s healthcare. But at the same time, Fiorina came out against mandating paid maternity leave.

• Kelly’s KO. While she’s the target of Trump’s venom, Megyn Kelly’s stock clearly rises. Between questioning Trump’s temperament on national television, asking the candidates tough questions, and hitting hard on social issues, some say Kelly was the real winner of last week’s GOP debate. Fortune

• Sign of the times. Target has announced that it will start using gender-neutral signage in store aisles that carry kids’ toys, bedding and books. The move comes after a woman tweeted about a sign in a Target store that referenced “building sets” and “girls’ building sets.”  Fortune

• Sanders & Sanders. Symone Sanders, a volunteer organizer with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, is the new national press secretary for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Symone, a young, black criminal justice advocate, joined the Sanders team just hours after Black Lives Matter protesters shut down one of his campaign rallies.  Buzzfeed

A model dad. Now that Mark Zuckerberg is poised to become a dad, this New York Times column argues that the Facebook CEO has an important opportunity to set an example and “help members of the paternity fraternity by using every last day of his [paternity] leave.” New York Times


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.

Fitting in is overrated. Jane Lansing, VP of marketing at Emerson Process Management, has advice for women struggling to “fit in” at their STEM workplace: Stop.  Fortune

• Creating a super team. Smart leaders choose partners and advisers who are strong where they are weak, says Kerry Healey, president of Babson College and former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts. Choose the right team and you’ll appear “almost super-human,” she says.  Fortune

• Can’t score if you don’t shoot. Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, has a surprising creativity guru: hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, who once said that “you’ll miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” Fortune


Playing with power. The latest girl-power dolls, Project Mc2, come with their own science experiment kits and have a dedicated Netflix show that chronicles their exploits. Ironically, the dolls are made by MGA Entertainment, the same company that created Bratz. Fortune

• Sydney’s speech. Before committing suicide in 2012—after which it was discovered that he had a degenerative brain condition linked to concussions—Junior Seau asked daughter Sydney to speak on his behalf if he made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While the Hall did not allow Sydney to make the speech, here’s the full text of what she would have said.  New York Times

• Mindy’s rules. In this except from her new book, Why Not Me?, writer and actress Mindy Kaling lays out her three rules for killer confidence. Though I recommend reading the whole thing, her philosophy boils down to this: “Work hard, know your sh-t, show your sh-t, and then feel entitled.” Glamour

• Literal lifesaver. As a medical officer for the FDA in the early 1960s, Frances Kelsey resisted pressure to approve thalidomide, a drug used by pregnant women in other countries to treat morning sickness and insomnia. As a result, Dr. Kelsey, who died Friday at age 101, saved thousands of children from crippling birth defects.  WSJ

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Why are so many American women still dying in childbirth?  The Economist

Narratives of police brutality often exclude women, but racism doesn’t belong to a single gender  New York Times

The women whose lives you admire on Instagram might be trying to sell you something  Quartz

The first women may soon graduate from Army Ranger school  New York Times


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