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The Broadsheet: September 9th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary says sorry, Serena overpowers Venus, and Queen Elizabeth hits a major milestone. Plus: Fortune announces the 2015 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


• Saying sorry. Hillary Clinton is having a busy week. In an interview with ABC News, she finally apologized for using a private email server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, saying: “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” Clinton also released a big policy statement, revealing a plan that would force publicly traded companies to report all of their political spending. Then there’s her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow, where she’ll try to show a personal side and connect with female voters.


• Fortune-ate founders. Fortune has announced its 2015 class of Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. The annual program recognizes extraordinary female founders—this year, including drone builders, creators of innovative metals, and transformers of the way we work. Fortune

• Serena scores. Serena Williams will continue her quest for a calendar Grand Slam. She advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals by beating her sister Venus 6–2, 1–6, 6–3 in their quarterfinal match last night. SI

• Sad settlement. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that the city has reached a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose death while in police custody sparked widespread protests. New York Times

• Tough timing. Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is launching Honest Beauty, a line of makeup and facial products, just days after getting sued for “misleadingly” marketing its products as natural. There’s a good chance that the new offerings will run into similar problems, say experts, for one simple reason: There’s no consensus on what it means to be a “natural” personal care product. Fortune

• Long live the Queen. With a reign of 63 years and seven months, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest-serving monarch in England’s history. Time

Beware Beijing. Fortune‘s Nina Easton talks to Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, and Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about why China’s arrests of five women who planned to call attention to sexual harassment are making U.S. companies nervous.  Fortune


Great Scot. Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, talks about the media’s constant and “cruel” commentary on her appearance and her tendency toward self-criticism: “It’s a very Scottish thing, always thinking that you’ve got to be that bit better than everyone else to be good enough.”  Vogue

Recruiting red flag? Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar urges Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer to consider the recruiting repercussions of her plan to return to work soon after the birth of her twins. Potential employees may “see her example and simply walk (run!) away from Yahoo into the delighted embrace of another employer offering credible enticements of work-life balance.” Fortune

The taxman cometh? Speaking of Mayer, Yahoo says the IRS has declined to rule on a proposed tax-free spin-off of Alibaba, creating uncertainty around the company’s plan to avoid billions in taxes.  Fortune

• The art of the deal. Art dealer Michele Maccarone has ridden the art market wave, profiting from her two New York City galleries and adding a third in Los Angeles. Now she hopes to move from a small player to a major market force on par with big names like David Zwirner and Larry Gagosian. Bloomberg

• She’s back. Vanessa Williams, who made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983—and then a year later, as the first title-holder to resign her crown when nude photos of her were published in Penthouse—is returning to the pageant as its head judge. Vanity Fair

• Troubling testimonial. UN special envoy Angelina Jolie testified before a British House of Lords committee on sexual violence in war, sharing horrifying stories of girls she’s met in conflict zones and echoing warnings about the ways ISIS is using rape as a weapon. BBC

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is released from jail  Time

The best-selling sports car among women is…   Fortune

The land of no men: Inside Kenya’s women-only village  Broadly

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has her own YouTube channel  Time


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