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The Broadsheet: September 8th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Angela Merkel struggles to guide Europe through the migrant crisis, women are the new face of organized labor, and the Williams sisters meet on the U.S. Open court. Enjoy your Tuesday.


• Merkel’s migrant crisis. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel received early praise for allowing thousands of Syrian migrants to travel through Hungary into Germany, the backlash has come quickly. An estimated 22,000 migrants entered Germany over the weekend, and politicians (including some outside the country) are saying that Merkel’s open-door policy is likely to encourage many more. Merkel, meanwhile, is calling for other EU nations to step up and do their part.


• A Williams will win. Serena and Venus Williams will meet in the US Open quarterfinals tonight. While Serena is the world’s highest-ranked women’s player and maintains a 15-11 advantage against Venus, the sisters are 2-2 when playing one another at the New York tournament. SI

• Ladies of labor. Women—particularly women of color—make up the majority of new workers joining organized labor. And this demographic shift is beginning to have an impact on what unions demand at the bargaining table.  WSJ

• The woman behind the photo. Nilufer Demir, who took the now-iconic photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who drowned while trying to reach Greece with his family, talks about her 12 years photographing refugees, her reaction to seeing Aylan on the beach, and the controversy about the stunning image. Vice

• A female-forward festival. This year’s Telluride Film Festival has an impressive slate of movies by and about women, including He Named Me Malala and Suffragette. The festival was expected to include Amazing Grace, a documentary chronicling Aretha Franklin’s making of an album of the same name, but Franklin’s lawyers put a last-minute stop to the screening, saying that the film used footage of the singer without her permission.

• Christine calls it. Speaking at a conference of the 20 largest economies, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called gender equality an “economic no-brainer” and urged countries to take steps to bring more women into the global workforce.  WSJ

• Coed on the court. The US Open mixed doubles competition kicked off last week, giving sports fans the rare opportunity to watch men and women team up and play one another. This story asks why such coed contests are so unusual and if more would be better.  Fortune

• Hillary gets a makeover. Hillary Clinton’s strategists acknowledge that her campaign has made missteps and say they plan to change things up, highlighting Clinton’s heart, her sense of humor and her willingness to do battle with her Republican challengers. Will these efforts be enough to help Clinton revamp her candidacy and regain momentum? New York Times


• Next on Amal’s docket. Human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney is on to her next case, heading to the Maldives to meet with its former president, Mohamed Nasheed. Clooney says that Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year prison sentence on terrorism charges, was sent to jail after a “politically motivated show trial.” Vanity Fair

• Corner office kids. Paola Sapienza, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, writes that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was just doing her job—reassuring her board, investors and employees—when she announced plans to take limited time off during her pregnancy. And Mayer’s plan to bring her twins to her office nursery, Sapienza says, “furthers the cause of female leadership.”  Fortune

Prime candidate? Japanese lawmaker Seiko Noda is quietly seeking support to challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in upcoming party elections. While insiders say her odds of succeeding are low, her economic message—which includes a plea to empower Japanese women—is a vital one.  Bloomberg

• TV takeaways. Kathleen Finch, chief programming officer of HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, talks about her bohemian upbringing in Greenwich Village, the importance of getting your foot in the door (she started at CBS News as a secretary), and the advantages of “pile-on” meetings. New York Times

• Getting a raw deal. Women have traditionally been banned from making sushi because of their warm hands and irritating tendency to menstruate each month. Tokyo’s Nadeshico Sushi—Japan’s first all-women sushi restaurant—is challenging these dated stereotypes. Broadly

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Meryl Streep says Congress ignored her 535 letters to revive the ERA  People

Bernie Sanders pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton in one poll  Fortune

Erica Jong’s Fear of Dying defies the sunset of sex  New York Times

The rise of female rock memoirs  Washington Post


What I did was allowed.

Hillary Clinton, who says she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State