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The Broadsheet: September 11th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The woman behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens shares her own Hollywood story, the Most Powerful Woman in the drug industry fights for respect, and Ellen Pao surrenders. Have a good Friday as we remember the victims of 9/11.


• A drug queenpin. Heather Bresch, the CEO of generic-drug giant Mylan, is the Most Powerful Woman in pharmaceuticals. Fortune‘s Jen Wieczner tells the amazing story of how the dauntless daughter of a U.S. Senator recently outfoxed a hostile takeover bid and keeps on fighting for Wall Street’s respect. Fortune


• The force is strong in this one. Kathleen Kennedy’s career is like a story out of Hollywood: She went from secretary to studio boss. Now, the prolific producer of some of the top-grossing movies in history is leading Lucasfilm and overseeing what’s likely to be the holiday blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fortune

• Pao rests her case. Former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Ellen Pao says she will not pursue an appeal against the VC firm in her gender discrimination claim. “That so many people heard what I had to say, against all that was brought to bear against me, is a testament to the depth of the problem related to women and tech … [But] I have gone as far as I can go,” she said. Re/Code

• A healthy business. Meet Helena Foulkes, president of CVS/pharmacy and a driving force behind CVS’s lauded—but risky—move to stop selling tobacco products. That bold decision is just the first step in Foulkes’ plan to transform the drugstore chain into an even bigger healthcare power player. Fortune

• A spy story. Phebe Novakovic is CEO of $31 billion defense contractor General Dynamics—and a former CIA operative. This fascinating story digs into Novakovic’s shadowy past and explores whether she’s got what it takes to lead General Dynamics on its next mission. Fortune

• Can men have it all? Andrew Moravcsik, husband of New America Foundation CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, pens his own companion piece to Slaughter’s famous essay, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” Moravcsik writes about his role as the primary parent of the couple’s two sons, arguing that more “lead dads” would mean greater gender equality, healthier kids and happier men. The Atlantic

A fight over fighting? The Marine Corps released data showing that all-male teams outperformed co-ed units in 69% of ground-combat tasks, signaling that Marine commanders may fight a Defense Department order to allow women to join combat units. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman joined the board of SurveyMonkey. Deborah DiSanzo is joining IBM as GM of Watson Health. DiSanzo was most recently CEO for Philips Healthcare.


• Friday diversity dump. Slack, Amazon, Twitter and other high-profile tech companies have all released their workforce diversity reports on Friday afternoons, near holidays and at other times when the news is unlikely to get much play in the media. Are companies trying to sweep the numbers under the rug?  Fortune

• Out for justice. A new set of U.S. Justice Department policies, written by deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates, will allow for the prosecution of individual Wall Street execs—not just their employers. The move is the first major policy announcement from Attorney General Loretta Lynch. New York Times

A bipartisan duo. While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump jab at one another on the campaign trail, Chelsea Clinton says she has no problems maintaining her friendship with Ivanka Trump. “Friendship is always more important than politics,” says Chelsea. People

Pretty cheesy. Back in the 1990s, Patty Scheibmeir invented a fast-food game changer: stuffed crust. Now, she’s on a mission to create the Chipotle of pizza chains. Bloomberg

Sorry not sorry. Nicole Arbour, the comedian who drew fire for her controversial “Dear Fat People” video, in which she goes on a fat-shaming rant, says she won’t apologize, adding that she’s proud to have started a conversation about weight, body image, and women in comedy. Time

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Stock tip: Try betting on companies led by women   Bloomberg

Taiwan is poised to elect its first woman president  New York Times

Sofia Vergara and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting are TVs highest-paid actresses  Fortune

Meet Hillary Clinton’s bulldog  Time


If you are going to suit up, you should play to win!

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors and No. 1 on <em>Fortune</em>'s 2015 Most Powerful Women list