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The Broadsheet: September 22nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Carly’s record comes back to haunt her, Hillary shocks biotech stocks, and Tyra signs up “beautytainers.” Plus: Think you’re busy? Take a look at what’s on White House social secretary Deesha Dyer’s plate this week. Enjoy your Tuesday.


• Critiquing Carly. Appearing on The Tonight Show on Monday, Carly Fiorina sang, said she’d “be fine” with a Muslim president, and defended her record at Hewlett-Packard. Meanwhile, two of Fortune‘s experts on corporate governance and CEO performance weighed in on that record, looking at her tenure as CEO of HP from 1999 to 2005. Illustrating HP’s record under Fiorina in four charts, Stephen Gandel says, “She wasn’t a horrible CEO, but she wasn’t a great one either.” And in a piece that first appeared in Fortune‘s newest newsletter, Power Sheet, Geoff Colvin calls Carly Fiorina’s term at HP “disastrous.” While she’s surging in the latest polls, Colvin writes, voters’ affection will likely cool as they scrutinize her leadership skills and credibility. Fortune


• Dyer’s dizzying datebook. Deesha Dyer, who became the White House social secretary in May, has a doozy of a week ahead. President Obama will host Pope Francis—plus 15,000 guests—on Wednesday, President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday and a White House state dinner on Friday.“It’s the Super Bowl of Super Bowls,” says State Department spokesperson Jessica Andrews. New York Times

• Market mover. Responding to a sudden price increase for a drug used to treat a life-threatening parasitic infection, Hillary Clinton tweeted that she will soon lay out a plan to take on “price gouging” in the drug market. The result? Biotech stocks plunged. WSJ

Abedin tries Twitter. Huma Abedin, a long-time aide of Hillary Clinton, started a Twitter account yesterday. Her first tweet? A response to GOP candidate Ben Carson’s comment that he does not think a Muslim should be president. “You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country. Pride versus prejudice,” Abedin wrote. She would know—she is Muslim and has worked for HRC for nearly 20 years. Mediaite

• What’s Taylor’s take? Ryan Adams is releasing a cover album of Taylor Swift’s mega-hit 1989. So how much will Swift, who is  No. 51 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Woman list, make off his new album? That depends on his album’s sales, of course, but Fortune‘s John Kell calculates that if Adams were to move, say, five million units, Swift could pull $1 million. Fortune

• Smize for Tyra. Tyra Banks is taking a page from Avon and Mary Kay by opening enrollment for so-called “beautytainers” to sell her line of face, lip and eye products.  WWD

• Women won. Between Amy Poehler’s #SmartGirlsAsk Twitter campaign, which pushed for more substantive questions on the red carpet, and host Andy Sandberg’s jokes about the wage gap, this year’s Emmys ended up being a surprisingly woman-focused show. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Dawn Airey has been named CEO of Getty Images. Most recently, she was SVP of EMEA operations for Yahoo.


• View from the top. Alison Levine, who has climbed the highest peak on every continent, writes about the striking realism of Everest—and what the film and its director can teach us about leadership.  Fortune

• Throwing the book at her. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, due to perjury, obstruction and other charges stemming from a leak of confidential grand jury material.

 • Dressing for success. In a new series, Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya tries out five of the most popular online styling services, looking for the company that can provide the most stylish work clothes at reasonable price points. Her first test: Stitch Fix. Fortune

• A scary stat. A new survey of students at 27 universities, including Ivy League stalwarts Harvard and Yale, found that nearly one in four undergraduate women were victims of unwanted sexual contact. Time

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Men and women face cancer differently  WSJ

Sex reassignment is the latest corporate benefit  Bloomberg

Brie Larson will play Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes  The Guardian

The Muppets reboot ruined Miss Piggy  Slate


I kept thinking I could find somebody else to advocate for the issue. But I need to speak out about what I think is right.

Melinda Gates, on her goal to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries within the next five years.