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The Broadsheet: October 22nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Elizabeth Holmes takes the stage, men want more media attention, and Joe Biden gives Hillary Clinton the best news she’s heard all month. Have a wonderful Thursday.


• Holmes hits back. Speaking at a tech conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes denied allegations that her company’s blood-testing technology is less effective than she has claimed. She said that Theranos voluntarily cut back on the number of tests it does using its “nanotainer.” Holmes also accused the WSJ of misinterpreting information, using unreliable sources and misquoting other sources. Fortune


• Joe says No. Joe Biden’s choice to stay out of the presidential race is welcome news for Hillary Clinton, who, according to NYT columnist Nate Cohn, played a major role in the Vice President’s decision by dominating the “invisible primary, the behind-the-scenes competition for elite support that often decides the nomination.” Today, Clinton will testify before the House Committee on Benghazi. New York Times

• An unhappy customer. In more Theranos news, Fortune‘s Dan Primack reports on a senior tech exec and cancer survivor who received an erroneous result from a blood test analyzed by Theranos. His calls to the company were not returned. Fortune

• Men want more attention. Has the gender parity backlash begun? New research reveals that nearly half of male execs say the media focuses too much on women, ignoring men’s career issues. How accurate is that perception? Consider this recent study, which found that male names outnumber female names five to one in the media.  Fortune

• Dilma’s last days? A group of high-profile lawyers has filed a request to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. To actually get Rousseff out of office, the country’s lower house and the Senate must vote to accept the petition. Bloomberg

• Live long and prosper? Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of women’s digital investment platform Ellevest, argues that the retirement savings crisis is primarily a women’s issue. Why? Women retire with just two-thirds of the savings of men, yet women tend to live years longer.  Fast Company

• Slaughter takes the MPW stage. In today’s video from the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, New America Foundation CEO and Unfinished Business author Anne-Marie Slaughter talks to Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop about turning down her dream job, appreciating lead-parent husbands, and parenting by text.  YouTube


• Tyra’s tips. Speaking at the WSJ tech conference, Tyra Banks shared some business lessons she learned while pivoting from model to entrepreneur. Fortune

• Time to edit the “sexism” wiki. In 2011, less than 10% of Wikipedia editors were female, and the organization’s subsequent attempts to improve its gender balance have “completely failed,” according to co-founder Jimmy Wales. Byproducts have been harassment and gender bias. The Atlantic

• The queen of NPR. Terry Gross is celebrating her 40th year as the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. In this profile, she talks about why her interviews are sometimes compared to therapy, how she strikes the right balance between disclosure and privacy, and why she often asks about sex. New York Times

• From sports cars to spas. Susan Docherty, CEO of Canyon Ranch, talks about how the lessons she learned as the first woman to hold GM’s top U.S. sales job are helping her expand the posh wellness brand to new markets. Fortune

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Here’s one big reason men’s earnings are growing twice as fast as women’s  Fortune

Misty Copeland to produce new dance drama series  Essence

Amy Schumer is getting a huge pay raise  Fortune

I’m not an elitist, I’m just an alpha female  LinkedIn


I’m proud to be a feminist.

Justin Trudeau, newly elected Prime Minister of Canada