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The Broadsheet: September 15th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Michelle Phan’s startup gets a big cash infusion, a female scientist unearths one of our oldest relatives, and Ross Stores CEO Barbara Rentler takes home the MPW trophy for best stock performance. Have a terrific Tuesday.


• Market movers. There are 23 CEOs of publicly held companies on the Fortune Most Powerful Women list, but none has had better stock performance this year than Ross Stores CEO Barbara Rentler. How have the rest of the MPW done? Fortune


• Phan’s fundingIpsy, the beauty product subscription service started by YouTube celeb Michelle Phan, has raised $100 million in new VC funding. The company didn’t disclose its valuation, but Fortune‘s Erin Griffith reports that Ipsy is now worth around $800 million. Fortune

• Carly vs. The Donald. Carly Fiorina will share the GOP debate stage this Wednesday with Donald Trump for the first time. Given Trump’s history of scathing (and sometimes sexist) attacks on the former Hewlett-Packard CEO—and Fiorina’s recent boasts that she’s getting under his skin—their showdown is eagerly anticipated. New York Times

• Green’s new gig. Harriet Green, the former CEO of Britain’s Thomas Cook Group, has been tapped to lead IBM’s new Internet of things unit. Fortune

• Women coaching women. While a few female coaches have found gigs in men’s pro sports, the number of women coaching women is declining, at least in college. Mary Pilon asks why fewer than half of women’s college teams are led by a female coach—and what can be done to reverse the trend. Fortune

• Bring on Bee. It’s no secret that late-night TV remains dominated by white men, but that didn’t stop the Internet from rolling its collective eyes over a Vanity Fair photo that convened the male hosts and proclaimed late-night “better than ever.” Fortunately, Samantha Bee, whose TBS show premieres next year, took to Twitter with an idea for how to improve the VF image… Time

• Meet the family. Hannah Morris, an archaeologist and PhD student at the University of Georgia, explains how she and five other female scientists descended deep into South Africa’s Rising Star Cave to discover fossils belonging to Homo naledi, the world’s newest species of early human. Refinery29


• Keeping up with the Kardashian apps. Kim Kardashian is expanding her line of apps, while sisters Khloé, Kendall and Kylie announced their own individual personal media apps and websites. The sisters appeared at an Apple Store in New York City yesterday to talk up their new products and take questions from a very enthusiastic crowd.  Fortune

• Where are the women? Jeremy Corbin, the newly elected leader of Britain’s Labour party, is being called out for failing to appoint any women to the top jobs in his shadow cabinet.  The Telegraph

Data downer. The U.S. Department of Education has released a massive set of data on the state of higher education, revealing, among other things, a major earnings gap between male and female grads of elite colleges. New York Times

• Tackling safety. Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, a renowned cardiologist and the NFL’s chief medical advisor, talks about why she took the newly created position, what she plans to do make football less dangerous, and why we need to learn more about the effects of repetitive head injuries.  Shape

• More solomor. A growing number of highly educated women in Denmark are opting to become “solomor”—selective single mothers. Ten percent of babies conceived with donor sperm in the country are born to a woman without a partner.  The Guardian

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Ronda Rousey beats Serena Williams to win ESPNW‘s ‘Best Female Athlete Ever’ bracket  ESPNW

The best way to figure out how many hours of sleep you need  Quartz

Laurene Powell Jobs is pumping millions into high school education  Fortune

This feminist magician wants women in magic to lean in  Broadly


Knowing my attitude, if I had a failure, I probably wouldn’t recognize it as one.

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder and chief creative officer of Vera Bradley