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The Broadsheet: September 4th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Women tennis players are struggling to land sponsorships, a former Goldman Sachs exec is helping to build Uber’s Chinese rival, and Jessica Alba’s company faces a lawsuit. Enjoy the long weekend.


Not-so-honest company? Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been hit with a lawsuit that claims it “deceptively and misleadingly” labels and markets its products as “natural.” This comes just a month or so after a number of customers complained that the company’s 30 SPF sunscreen failed to protect them from the sun. People


• Serving up sponsors. Even highly-ranked female tennis players have trouble landing sponsorships (unless their names are Serena or Maria, that is). Fortune looks at the financial struggles of up-and-coming players such as Belinda Bencic and asks if Serena Williams’ popularity will improve the situation for players on the women’s tour. Fortune

• The doyenne of Didi. Jean Liu, president of Didi Kuaidi Joint Co.—China’s answer to Uber—is becoming a top dealmaker in the country’s startup scene. In July, this former Goldman Sachs exec helped Didi raise $2 billion, one of the biggest tech funding rounds ever.  WSJ

• Director of work-life balance. The latest Hillary Clinton email dump unearthed amusing messages from Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former State Department senior advisor who famously wrote about why women still can’t have it all for The Atlantic. In her emails, Slaughter urged Clinton to take off early before Christmas and thanked her for working from home on a snow day—a move that “will make lots of parents at higher levels feel ok about staying home with their kids.” Washington Post

• Meg Whitman’s bad prediction. To celebrate eBay’s 20th anniversary, Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers recalls meeting the woman who was building the “quirky, little company.” Then-CEO Meg Whitman told Pattie that eBay would be her last job. Clearly, she didn’t know her own ambition.  Fortune

• It’s her party and she’ll talk race if she wants to. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave a speech calling out fellow Republicans for the “shameful” way they talk about minorities and criticizing Donald Trump for using hurtful language about immigrants. Haley, the daughter of Sikh Indian-American parents, is her state’s first non-white governor. Washington Post

It’s on Jarrett. Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett quietly met with Hollywood execs to discuss ways the industry can support “It’s on Us,” the administration’s initiative to reduce campus sexual assaults.  Hollywood Reporter

• Charting the wrong course. While women dominated the pop music charts last fall, the tides have turned: Female artists now occupy their smallest share of the Hot 100 since the 1980s. Slate


How about we try none at all? New research finds that when it comes to sexist work environments, frequent—but relatively casual—forms of harassment (jokes, etc.) were just as detrimental to women’s well-being as less common, but high-intensity incidents. Huffington Post

• CEOs are parents too. Is it really possible for CEOs like Marissa Mayer to take a full parental leave? Ellen Bravo, director of Family Values @ Work, argues that any high-ranking exec can pull it off—provided she puts these six policies in place:  Fortune

• Acing the arts. Actress Sally Field, writer Jhumpa Lahiri and artist Ann Hamilton will be among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts, to be presented next week by President Obama.  Variety

I love Cate. Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett is set to star in a biopic of comedy legend Lucille Ball, written by Aaron Sorkin. The Wrap

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Arizona news anchor is drawn into debate on her accent and the use of Spanish  New York Times

Susan Sarandon takes on Burning Man  Vanity Fair

Why failure hits girls so hard  Time

Who gets to play the transgender part?  New York Times


Cultures and societies that are dominated by fear definitely won’t master the future.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rebuffing a questioner who asked about how to protect German culture against a growing Muslim population and an influx of refugees.