The Broadsheet: August 20th

August 20, 2015, 11:38 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Jessica Alba revs up to launch her beauty brand, Team USA’s fitness coach wants to whip us into shape—and meet the first two female Army Rangers. Enjoy your Thursday.


 SEAL sisters? First Lt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver are two women expected to graduate from Army Ranger School on Friday, but the tradition of women taking not-so-traditional military roles dates back to 1781. Read about some of those early boundary-pushers here. Now the question is: Will female Navy SEALS be next?


Alba gets made-up. Jessica Alba's Honest Company, still smarting from a controversy that erupted over its sunscreen, is prepping for the Sept. 9 launch of Honest Beauty, a cosmetics and skin care line. WWD

 Senior supervisor? Monica Mallon, a rising high school senior at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, Calif., is running for Santa Clara County supervisor—challenging an incumbent who won his first election in 1983. "Although it is unlikely that I will win, I want to show that young people deserve a voice in politics," says Mallon. Mercury News

Woman of the world. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is in charge of making sure countries around the world abide by the UN’s environmental guidelines. Her job "may possess the very highest ratio of responsibility (preventing global collapse) to authority (practically none)."  New Yorker

 Train like Carli. While she probably can't turn you pro, Dawn Scott, the fitness and performance coach for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has some tips for how to train—and recover—like a star. New York Times

 Taking online dating offline. Whim, a new dating app founded by OkCupid alum Eve Peters, aims to solve a major problem in online dating: endless virtual back-and-forth with users who drag their feet when it comes to meeting face-to-face. On Whim, people can't message one another until they've used the app to schedule an actual date. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS:  Lisa Shalett, former head of brand marketing at Goldman Sachs,  joins media startup The Odyssey as CMO. Priya Dogra has been promoted to senior vice president for mergers and acquisitions at Time Warner. 


 Great growth. Fortune's 2015 Fastest-Growing Companies list is out, and industrial parts maker Proto Labs is among the women-led businesses that made the cut.   Fortune

Women at work. There are 17 nations where women make up the majority of non-farm workers. No, the U.S. isn't one of them, but new data shows that women-owned business are growing.   WSJ

 A pregnant idea. Seattle entrepreneur Anna Steffeney is building a software startup, LeaveLogic, to help companies manage their employees' parental leave. Fast Company

 Ageless style. To celebrate Coco Channel's birthday, Quartz pulled together a fantastic slate of photos that illustrate how the groundbreaking designer transformed the way women dress. Quartz

 Holy sadness, Batman. Female superhero pioneer Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the 1960's Batman TV series, died at age 78. People

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Here's what it's like to take "female Viagra"  Time

Meet the woman who knows everything about wedding planning  Racked

These female pop stars are 25 and under—and crazy rich  Fortune

Uqora is an after-sex drink to prevent UTIs in women  TechCrunch


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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)