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The Broadsheet: August 11th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! After a couple days out of the spotlight, Hillary Clinton is back in the news. Also making headlines: Adobe’s new parental leave policy, female sommeliers, and a Meryl Streep-funded program to boost older women screenwriters. Have a wonderful Tuesday.


• Clinton chimes in. Hillary Clinton announced some details of her proposal to let students attend public colleges without taking out loans for tuition. While many aspects of the plan are still blurry, the general idea is that an increase in federal and state spending would allow students to graduate debt-free (imagine how Republicans feel about that). Clinton also took a moment to remove her policy wonk hat and weigh in on Donald Trump’s attacks on Fox News host Megyn Kelly, saying, “I think the guy went way overboard, offensive, outrageous—pick your adjective.”


• Terrific trend. Adobe Systems is the latest tech company to expand its family leave policies. The software maker now offers 16 weeks of paid time off for primary caregivers (up from 12 weeks off, two of which were paid) and up to 26 paid weeks for new moms who combine medical and parental leave. Fortune

• Breaking the wine-glass ceiling. Women are making big strides in the wine world, with female sommeliers like Juliette Pope of New York’s Gramercy Tavern and Alpana Singh of Chicago’s Boarding House now running some of the country’s most admired beverage programs. WSJ

• Tech’s latest buzzword. At least seven of the largest tech companies—including Facebook, Intel and Amazon—have vowed to institute the Rooney Rule to help diversify their workforces. So, what exactly is this “rule”? (Hint: it comes from the NFL.) Why has it suddenly taken off in Silicon Valley? And most importantly, will it work? Fortune

• Streep’s screenwriters. Twelve lucky writers have been selected to participate in The Writers Lab, a new Meryl Streep-funded program dedicated to developing scripts from female writers over the age of 40. Hollywood Reporter

• Kelly speaks. Megyn Kelly addressed Donald Trump’s recent attacks on her Fox News show, The Kelly File. In response to Trump’s suggestion that she should apologize for treating him unfairly in last Thursday’s GOP debate, she said: “I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor.”  New York Times

• Talking tennis. In this New York Magazine profile, Serena Williams talks about her infamous 2011 verbal attack on an umpire, the lessons she learned from her dad, and what she plans to do when her tennis career comes to an end. New York Magazine

Zirtually no notice. Zirtual, the personal assistant startup led by CEO Maren Kate Donovan, announced that it is “pausing” all operations. Apparently, the company informed employees and customers of the news via email on Monday. TechCrunch

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Lynda Talgo, formerly eBay VP of global managed marketplaces, is now COO of mobile payment company Hyperwallet.


• The new Wheaties? Pro swimmer Natalie Coughlin is joining Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter as the latest athlete to endorse Luvo, the “healthy” frozen food company led by former Lululemon CEO Christine Day. Fortune

• Fair play on pay. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is advising federal agencies to dial back their reliance on salary history when making new hires. OPM claims that using old salary info unfairly penalizes people—frequently women—who have been out of the workforce at some point in their careers.  The Atlantic

• Mannequins no more. Prominent models like Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Behati Prinsloo are using social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter to speak out on political and social causes. New York Times

• Laura goes to Washington? Melissa Gilbert, the actress who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie, said she is running for Congress as a Democrat in Michigan’s 8th district.  Time

• Playing with heart. Victoria Duval played at Wimbledon last year—despite being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma the day before her first qualifying match. This week, she will return to competition for the first time since last summer. New York Times

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How to escape the office on summer Fridays—without getting caught  Bloomberg

One Ferguson protester’s tweet exposes a heartbreaking truth about black women in America  Mic

Carly Fiorina is dead wrong about paid parental leave  New Republic

Is Megyn Kelly the next Oprah?  Fortune


I get so many messages from women of all sizes saying that I make them feel better about their bodies. It started to make me think about my daughter, and how I don’t want her to grow up in a world where women constantly feel bad about themselves.

Plus-size model Denise Bidot, whose #NotSorry swimsuit ad campaign went viral this summer