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The Broadsheet: September 20th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here today.Viola Davis makes history, Anne-Marie Slaughter provokes again, and Hillary wants you to know she’s real. Have a lovely Monday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Caring about caregiving. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former Princeton professor who famously wrote “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” three years ago, delivered another powerful essay in Sunday’s New York Times. She argues that the onus is on the U.S. government and corporate America to create an infrastructure that enables workers to be caregivers for their children and parents. “We can, all of us, stand up for care. Until we do, men and women will never be equal; not while both are responsible for providing cash but only women are responsible for providing care.”  New York Times

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Viola’s moment. Actress Viola Davis, star of How to Get Away with Murder, made history last night by becoming the first African American to win an Emmy award for best lead actress in a drama. Another notable winner was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who took home an Emmy for best leading actress in a comedy.  Entertainment Weekly

• And the winner is… not women. In less amazing Emmy news, women working behind the TV camera—directors, producers, screenwriters and the like—only made up a quarter of all Emmy nominations this year.  Fortune

• A survey of success. Real Simple and TIME polled men and women on success and ambition. Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop dissects the findings and shares the stories of women who have opted out of top-level jobs. TIME

• Hillary gets real. Hillary Clinton made her first Sunday talk show appearance in four years on Face the Nation. “I am a real person!” she said. Besides trying to humanize herself, Clinton talked about her EmailGate troubles, the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the possibility of Joe Biden running for the White House.  Fortune

• Carly for Veep? Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) predicts that Carly Fiorina will be second slot on the Republican ticket. But if Fiorina wants to win, she’ll have to smile: “Being likable is not something in presidential politics that’s unique to women. Personality matters,” McCaskill said. Fortune

• Revising her rep. Another thing Fiorina must do if she hopes to end up on the presidential ballot: redefine the way people view her tenure at Hewlett-Packard and fend off attackers who say she was a bad CEO. Her super PAC is working on ads to do just that, but the timing couldn’t be worse—HP recently announced major layoffs, which critics view as a repudiation of Fiorina’s legacy.  New York Times

• A first for the First Lady. Michelle Obama will appear at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 13 to talk about Let Girls Learn, a global education initiative. She’ll be joining CEOs Mary Barra of General Motors, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 400 other women leaders—and Warren Buffett.  Fortune

MPW INSIDER MONDAYS

Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

• Think big. Don’t just zero in on short-term results, says Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM and No. 3 on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women. To lead your company—and your industry—you must focus on “the importance of moving to the future, making decisions for the long term and betting big.” Fortune

• Transparency is key. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Mondelez and No. 9 on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women, believes in “leading from the front” in challenging times and being upfront with employees even when it’s difficult. After all, she says: “Silence is far more frightening than bad news.” Fortune

• Avoid ideation death. How can you make sure your business idea isn’t a dud? Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden has three rules: start with a basic concept, explain why it’s marketable, and establish ownership.  Fortune

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Women at work. Haiti’s “Madam Saras” women are crucial cogs in Haiti’s largely “informal” trade system. Going where major shipping companies won’t go, these women get produce from Haiti’s rural farmers to its cities, and across the border to the Dominican Republic. New Yorker

• Not just any rom-com writer. Nancy Meyers, whose long string of hit comedies include What Women Want and Something’s Gotta Give, inadvertently hit on something that appeals to female audiences. “I didn’t consciously set out to chronicle social trends; it just happened,” she says about her knack for capturing the dynamics of male-female relationships. New York Times

• Mary masters the hashtag. General Motors CEO Mary Barra, No. 1 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, has joined the #SmartGirlsAsk social-media campaign. The hashtag is the brainchild of Amy Poehler, who created it to call attention to the vapid questions typically asked of female celebrities.  Fortune

• What comedy boy’s club? Sarah Silverman doesn’t believe that men still dominate comedy. “The only remnant of comedy being a boy’s club is that question,” she quips.  Wired

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ON MY RADAR

Jackie Collins has died of breast cancer at 77  People

Lee Miller’s stunning images of women in wartime  The Guardian

The best and worst states to have a baby  Elle

Tory Burch: in the studio  New York Times

QUOTE

Let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.

<em>How to Get Away with Murder </em>star Viola Davis, quoting Harriet Tubman in her Emmy acceptance speech