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The Broadsheet: September 2nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Carly Fiorina moves toward the GOP debate main stage, CEOs like Marissa Mayer might be sending not-so-subtle messages about parental perks, and Mary Barra can now friend you. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


• Big kids table. Looks like Carly Fiorina will make it to the GOP debate main stage after all: CNN is changing the qualifying rules for its Sept. 16 Presidential debate in a way that benefits the former HP CEO.  Fortune


• Passing on perks? The spate of companies that have announced generous parental leave policies raises a question: In a culture that rewards women who, like Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, work straight through their pregnancies, will these new benefits be more discussed than actually used? New York Times

Friend me, Mary! GM CEO Mary Barra has joined Facebook at the behest of none other than the social network’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg. In other Barra news, the CEO wrote an insightful LinkedIn post about the importance of hiring people who aren’t like you.

• Sisters in law. This NPR story about Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is full of gems. My favorite is an anecdote about Ginsburg learning that a former law school classmate had told people that her nickname at Harvard was “bitch.” Her response: “Better bitch than mouse.” NPR

• There’s an app for that? Can apps or other technology help reduce sexual assaults on campus? Probably not, say experts, but that’s not stopping companies from trying to develop products to do just that. Fortune

• Men’s turn on the balance beam. As men shoulder more care-giving responsibilities, dads are struggling to figure out workplace flexibility in a world where putting in long hours remains a “masculinity contest.” WSJ

• The revenue gap. New research finds that while minority women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., companies owned by women and minorities still generate far less revenue than businesses owned by men and non-minorities. Fortune


• Committing to divorce shows. Get ready for a boom in TV divorce comedies—everyone from Shonda Rhimes to Sarah Jessica Parker to Janeane Garofalo is working on one. Fortune talked to Marti Noxon, creator of Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, about what’s driving the unexpected trend.  Fortune

Swimming, campfires and AI. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab’s summer outreach program offers America’s first artificial intelligence-focused summer camp for girls. Wired

• To the loser go the spoils. Vitalia Diatchenko, who lost to Serena Williams in the first round of the U.S. Open, has stirred up a debate about award money in tennis. Diatchenko played through the uncompetitive match despite clear injuries; if she had forfeited, she would have lost the $39,500 in prize money earmarked for the loser. New York Times

Barbadian beauty? Rihanna says she plans to launch a new beauty line. While nothing’s actually in the works yet, the pop star has registered the name Fenty Beauty.  Refinery29

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Why everyone is a yoga teacher  WSJ

Egyptian women campaign against places that ban the veil  The Economist

This Amazon employee is now defending the company’s management  Fortune

Why doesn’t Serena have more sponsorship deals?  The Atlantic


Now, let's wrap this up in the Senate and go drink something unhealthy!

Hillary Clinton, in an email to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), celebrating the House's passage of the Affordable Care Act