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The Broadsheet: September 17th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Carly Fiorina proved she belonged on the main stage in last night’s GOP debate, all eyes are on Janet Yellen, and Microsoft is the latest tech giant to get hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit. Have a wonderful Thursday.


A Carly moment? Many observers are naming Carly Fiorina the winner of last night’s second Republican debate—thanks in large part to the points she scored against frontrunner Donald Trump. Fiorina challenged Trump on his business acumen and, perhaps most memorably, called him out on his recent disparaging comments about her appearance. “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said.  Fortune


• All eyes on Yellen. It’s a key moment for Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: After keeping interest rates near zero since 2008, the Fed’s policy-making committee today announces whether the time has come for a raise.  New York Times

• A window into discrimination? Former Microsoft employee Katie Moussouris has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging that it bypassed women for promotions and paid them less than men.  Fortune

• Ski suit. In another sizable discrimination suit ($5.4 million), former Jefferies Group saleswoman Dalal Alaoui Belghit is alleging that the investment bank excluded her from a work ski trip so men could indulge in parties and sexual activity. Bloomberg

• Ms. MVP. The WNBA named Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne its 2015 Most Valuable Player. The 26-year-old superstar from Delaware averaged 23.5 points per game and a practically unfathomable 95% free-throw percentage—the best in the league.   SI

• Dodging the “B” word. In Breaking Through “Bitch”: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly, Carol Vallone Mitchell writes about strategies that powerful, ambitious women can use to lead without getting punished for daring to exercise “masculine” traits.  Fortune

• Serena style. How does Serena Williams bounce back from a devastating loss in the US Open? Fashion. The tennis star scored as she showed designs from her HSN line on the runway at New York Fashion Week. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former Snapchat COO Emily White is joining Hyperloop Technologies as a board observer. General Electric CIO Jamie Miller has been promoted to CEO of GE Transportation. Maureen Sullivan is stepping down as president of to join Rent the Runway, where she will be president of the company’s fashion rental business.


• A plus-size improvement. While plus-size fashion is booming online, the in-store experience has yet to catch up. Here’s a look at how a few retailers are trying to change that. Fortune

• Passing over Plonsky. The University of Texas has named personal injury attorney Mike Perrin as interim athletic director, passing over Chris Plonsky, the University’s AD for women’s sports for 14 years. The choice isn’t an anomaly: Only 37 of the 313 athletic directors in Division I sports are women.  New York Times

• An uber-leader. Austin Geidt, Uber’s head of global expansion, talks about how she ended up at the $50 billion dollar startup, why she’s a natural multitasker, and what she’s doing to fuel Uber’s plan to enroll a million female drivers by 2020. Fortune

• Minding the gap. While new U.S. Census data shows that the gender wage gap has narrowed to the lowest level on record, women still take home just 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. WSJ

• Finishing business. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the CEO of think tank New America, talks about the response to her famous essay, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” and about her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, due out this month.  Glamour

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How this finance exec got promoted on maternity leave  Fast Company

Men: Don’t be embarrassed if you’d rather make less money to be at home more  Quartz

Barbie wants to get to know your child  New York Times

In defiance of the Church, some Catholic women seek the priesthood  NPR


I think honestly it's a gesture. I don't think it helps to change our history. What I would think is we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation.

Carly Fiorina in last night's GOP debate, explaining that she would not put a woman on the $10 bill.