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The Broadsheet: August 28th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Carly Fiorina’s new defender once voted to fire her, America’s only all-female MBA program is being shut down, and Hillary Clinton is hoping to squash talk of a Joe Biden presidential run. Enjoy your Friday.


• A suspect spokesman. Carly for America, a super PAC backing presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times defending her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. It took the form of a letter from former HP board member Tom Perkins—an odd choice given that he voted to fire her. And that’s before you factor in the letter Perkins wrote last year comparing the “demonization” of America’s wealthiest individuals to Nazi Germany’s war on Jews.  Fortune


• No bye for Biden. Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is meeting with Democratic Party power brokers and donors to try to convince them that she—not Vice President Joe Biden—remains their best hope for retaining the White House. Politico

• School’s out. Simmons College announced that it will transition its MBA program—the only all-female, on-campus MBA curriculum in the country—to an online-only, co-ed format beginning next March. Alums are up in arms about the decision and many wonder: What does this say about the future of all-female education? Fortune

• Back to business. Anne-Marie Slaughter sparked a nationwide conversation with her 2012 Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” Now the former U.S. State Department official and current CEO of the New America Foundation is back with Unfinished Business, a book about what must change in order for women to care for their families and still reach their full career potential. More

RIP, Amelia. Amelia Boynton Robinson, a pivotal figure in the voting rights movement, has died at the age of 104. She helped organize the civil rights march known as Bloody Sunday. And she’s immortalized in still-shocking photos of her after being beaten unconscious by Alabama state troopers as marchers tried to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. New York Times

• Can’t say I’m surprised. It turns out that very few women actually used Ashley Madison. While the adultery website claimed to have 5.5 million female users (vs. 31 million men), it seems that most were bots: Only about 1,500 women ever checked their messages on the site. And if you’re not already disgusted with idea of a site devoted to cheating, consider this: According to emails from the hack, the company was developing a self-explanatory app called “What’s Your Wife Worth.” Ugh.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Michelle Wilson, former SVP and general counsel at, has joined the board of Okta, an identity management company.


• Sister act. Harvey Araton speculates about what the tennis world would be like had Venus and Serena Williams never picked up a racket. New York Times

• Calling BS on balance. Linda Addison, managing partner of law firm Norton Rose Fulbright US, writes about women’s quest for balance—which exists only “on Olympic beams, kitchen scales, and in certain yoga poses”—and proposes a better Rx.   Huffington Post

• Listen to Loomis. I recommend that you set aside some time this weekend to listen to the Longform podcast featuring Carol Loomis, who retired last summer after 60 years at Fortune. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about her early days as a cub reporter, her most memorable stories, and her love of writing. “I’m never sure what I think until I see what I write.” Longform

• Sisterly cities. Lori J. Bertman, CEO of Louisiana’s Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, writes about how New Orleans and Baton Rouge banded together to help the region recover from Hurricane Katrina. Fortune

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Women in Asia are more financially savvy than women in the U.S.  HBR

The working woman problem we don’t talk about   Refinery29

A new book explains why it’s so hard for educated women to find dates  Washington Post

Oxford’s new dictionary additions include “manspreading”  Fortune


I’m not the kind of person who hangs out in the coffee area for an hour and has random conversations with people. I like to be home for dinner with my kids, so I am ruthless about blocking my time.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who has five children