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The Broadsheet: September 1st

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! GE names it’s first female vice chair, Twitter hops aboard the breast-milk express, and Hollywood power player Bonnie Hammer tells us what it’s like to turn 65 and thrive. Plus, my take on the AP’s Amal Clooney mis-tweet. Enjoy the first day of September.


GE’s big advance. GE named Beth Comstock its first-ever female vice chair. Comstock, who is CMO and overseer of business innovation across the vast conglomerate, took an unusual route to the top. Her new job signals GE’s major new direction.  Fortune


 Twitter joins the milk delivery biz. Speaking exclusively to Fortune‘s Michal Lev-Ram, Twitter says that it is joining the small but influential cadre of companies that will pay working moms to ship their breast milk home while traveling for business. Fortune

• Reading Hillary’s mail. A new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, including 150 or so that have been redacted for classified information, have been released. In other Hillary news, the candidate’s camp announced that she will hold a fundraiser with former CIA officer Valerie Plame later this month. The event is being billed as a “briefing in the post-Snowden world.”

• Hammering aging myths. Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, recently celebrated her 65th birthday. In this inspiring essay, she writes about what it’s like to age in Hollywood, how she’s changed since the early days of her career, and why she refuses to accept the idea that she’s “past her prime.”  Fortune

• Market mover? Chinese authorities have taken Li Yifei, chairwoman of the China unit of London-based hedge fund Man Group PLC, into custody to assist in a police investigation into stock market volatility. Bloomberg

Mayer’s girls. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post that she and her husband, Zachary Bogue, are expecting identical twin girls in December. Mayer was pregnant with her first child when she joined the tech giant in 2012, and says she plans to work throughout her current pregnancy. Fortune

Mistress of the Universe. Blythe Masters, the Wall Street wunderkind who helped create credit default swaps, the financial instruments blamed for exacerbating the 2008 market crash, is back. This time, she’s promoting yet another financial game-changer—the code that powers bitcoin. Bloomberg

#SuingWhileBlack. The book club members, primarily black women, who were kicked off a Napa Valley Train tour “for laughing and talking too loud,” are suing for $5 million. Eater


Just how sexist was the AP tweet calling Amal Clooney “wife of actor?”

The Associated Press got a lot of attention for its recent tweet about Amal Clooney—although probably not the type of attention it was after.

In an effort to promote its story on three Al-Jazeera journalists being tried for allegedly aiding a terrorist organization, the AP wrote that Clooney is representing one of the men. The problem? Rather than identifying her as a distinguished human rights lawyer, the tweet ID’ed her as “actor’s wife.”

Of course, as noted by the numerous sites that picked up the tweet—and the backlash that it sparked on social media—Clooney is a hell of a lot more than someone’s wife, even if that someone is uber-famous actor George Clooney. Let’s review a few career highlights: She clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, represented major world figures like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and has taught at top academic institutions like Columbia Law School.

The AP seemed to get the message. Less than two hours after its first tweet, the news organization repromoted the story with nary a mention of George.

Let me start by saying that I applaud the Twittersphere for calling out the AP. However, I don’t think the problem here is simply sexism. While I’ll never be able to go inside the head of the AP employee who wrote that tweet, as a digital media writer and editor, I can speak to the mindset of the online newsroom. Today, most journalism organizations are laser focused on getting clicks. And when it comes to attracting the most attention on Twitter, there’s no contest between name-checking an actor vs. a lawyer—the celebrity will win every time. That’s also a likely explanation for why George Clooney isn’t mentioned in the AP story itself. For better or for worse, editors often use language in story-related tweets and Facebook posts that they would never include in the article itself.

That begs the question: What happens when powerful professional men are married to the female equivalent of George Clooney?

To read the rest of my story, click here.


• Identity politics. From their political ideology (centrist Democrats) to their age (older than 65) to their intimate involvement in the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have much in common. So, why is Biden seen as a beloved figure while Clinton gets tagged as stiff and untrustworthy?  New York Magazine

• Tales from the kitchen. Chef Dora Charles, who spent 22 years working for Paula Deen, has written a new cookbook, A Real Southern Cook: In Her Savannah Kitchen. Charles is one of the former Deen team members who spoke out about encountering racism in the celebrity chef’s empire. The book is about more than recipes; it’s a chance to examine the relationship between black cooks and white employers that has historically defined the South’s kitchens. New York Times

• Going to the mat. Gheeda Chamasaddine, a 17-year-old who goes by the stage name Joelle Hunter, says she believes she’s the first female pro wrestler in the Arab world. Now part of the 20-person Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy, she hopes to make it to the WWE. WSJ

• Prints are in. Israeli fashion designer Danit Peleg used only 3D printers to create her graduate collection of clothing and accessories. Bloomberg

• Mambas on patrol. It’s worth taking a moment to click through this cool photo essay on the Black Mambas, the majority-female anti-poaching unit that patrols South Africa’s Balule Nature Reserve.  New York Times

• Fixing fintech. Addepar and ZestFinance talk about what they’re doing to close the diversity gap in the world of financial tech companies. FastCompany

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Miley Cyrus’ censor-baiting antics can’t save the VMA’s ratings  Time

Training midwives to save expectant mothers in Mexico’s Chiapas  New York Times

Why Serena Williams doesn’t earn more in endorsements  Quartz

Are women better tasters than men?  NPR


If it were in a different country, I think I would still love it, but it’s not the same as being an American playing in New York, playing for that ultimate goal. It’s really fun, and I’m literally enjoying the moment.

Tennis star Serena Williams, on winning her first match of the 2015 U.S. Open