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The Broadsheet: September 10th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Today is Most Powerful Women Day! Fortune’s 2015 MPW list is out, with a new No. 1 (and for the first time, a bonus No. 51). Plus: Fortune exclusives on Google’s top women and the woman leading Apple’s retail revolution. Enjoy your Thursday.


The MPW list is here! Fortune‘s 2015 ranking of the Most Powerful Women in Business is our most competitive yet, with a new No. 1, 12 new faces and a record 27 CEOs—19 of whom are leading Fortune 500 companies. For a look at the newcomers—and dropoffs—click here. Ok, enough stalling! Our 2015 #1 Most Powerful Woman is… Fortune


• The Google Effect. Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers writes about how Google has become the top training ground for women leaders—many of whom quit for top jobs at younger startups. Pattie also has the inside story on how Google lured Ruth Porat from Morgan Stanley to be its new CFO—and now finance chief at parent Alphabet too. Fortune

Apple’s MPW. Fortune‘s Jennifer Reingold has the exclusive first interview with former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts since she arrived at Apple to lead it’s retail business. The focus of Ahrendts’ overhaul may surprise you. Fortune

• Munchie mavens. The MPW list isn’t the only major ranking out today. Fortune and Food & Wine have released their joint list of the 20 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. Not just chefs, but women transforming the way we consume everything from clean water to frozen dinners.  Fortune

Bruised Apple. At Apple’s big event yesterday, a designer drew flak for presenting Adobe’s new Photoshop app for the iPad—by importing a photo of a woman with “a fairly neutral look” and adding a smile onto her face. To many women, this called to mind a classic catcall—”You should smile!”—and served as a reminder that Apple remains 70% male. Huffington Post

 Williams’ other big win. Tuesday night’s U.S. Open quarterfinal between Serena and Venus Williams landed the the second-highest ratings of any ESPN tennis broadcast in history. That’s good news for tennis, which has seen steadily declining ratings. Fortune

 The Donald strikes again. In this profile, Donald Trump manages to—surprise!—insult yet another woman. This time, his target is fellow presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Watching Fiorina on TV, Trump says, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Fiorina responded during an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, saying, “Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls.”

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Patricia Fili-Krushel, the former chairwoman of NBCUniversal News, has announced she’s leaving the company.


• The not-so-sweet smell of success. Kathleen Ligocki is CEO of Harvest Power, a $145-million-in-revenue startup that turns food waste into fuel. To Ligocki, the pungent odor of rotting vegetables is the smell of potential profits. Fortune

The Bidens, still decidin’. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, made an appearance yesterday with President Obama at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. Jill, who is the administration’s chief ambassador for community colleges, is stepping into the spotlight at the same time her husband is deciding whether to make a third bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Bloomberg

• #EndAcidSale. Reshma Bano Quereshi is badly scarred from an attack by her estranged brother-in-law, who poured sulfuric acid on her face last year in Northern India. Now she has an online video that illustrates how it’s as easy for attackers to buy acid as it is for her to buy a tube of lipstick. The video has racked up 900,000 views and prompted the hashtag #EndAcidSale.  New York Times

18 is not enough. A new World Bank report surveys 173 countries and finds that all but 18 of them have some form of legal discrimination against women. For example, in 18 nations, married women cannot get a job without their husband’s permission. WSJ

• Who should be out a job, Scott? Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at NYU Stern School of Business, said in a television interview that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer would be “out of a job within six months” if she hadn’t recently announced she’s pregnant with twins. He claimed that Yahoo is afraid that firing Mayer would seem sexist—a fear that, clearly, Galloway doesn’t share.  Fortune

• No more Games. With her last Hunger Games movie coming out this fall, Jennifer Lawrence talks about adjusting to fame, choosing the right projects and being pals with comedian Amy Schumer. New York Times


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Congress begins hearings on Planned Parenthood  NPR

Hillary’s next move: Birchbox-style subscription box  Fortune

Sandra Bernhard gets a radio show AdWeek

Ronda Rousey will star in Road House reboot  Time


Guts and grit. This is what gets a leader on the <em>Fortune</em> 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2015

<em>Fortune</em> Assistant Managing Editor Pattie Sellers, in her introduction to this year's MPW rankings