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The Broadsheet: November 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here with a heavy heart. In light of Friday’s terrorist attacks, Saturday’s Democratic debate focused on foreign policy, where Hillary Clinton showed her chops. Some lighter news: Mylan CEO Heather Bresch loses her big fight, and so—shockingly—does Ronda Rousey.


• Foreign policy at the fore. Saturday night’s Democratic primary debate, held after three separate terrorist attacks on Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris, focused on foreign policy. While Hillary Clinton was called out for her 2002 vote in favor of using force in Iraq (which she conceded was a mistake), she showed off her superior knowledge of international affairs. However, the former Secretary of State botched a key moment in the debate when she mentioned support from Wall Street donors in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Twitterers and media commentators where outraged by her attempt to tie campaign donations from big banks to New York’s recovery.


Mylan misses. This year’s most dramatic hostile takeover battle ended on Friday as pharmaceutical company Mylan failed to acquire generic drugmaker Perrigo. Fortune‘s Jen Wieczner, who wrote a profile of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch in September, explains what went wrong.  Fortune

Portugal’s power women. Portugal’s Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc) is a leftist party led by four women. The quartet has confronted corruption and won major debates in a country where women are left out of political leadership. The Guardian

Men’s lib? Writing in the New York Times, two Brookings Institution fellows argue that men need to take on traditionally female roles, both at home and in the workplace. The reason: The jobs historically done by men are disappearing, while dual-earner households need both parents to share the task of raising children.  New York Times

Full house. Tech entrepreneur Heidi Messer’s poker series, which started five years ago in her NYC apartment, has become an exclusive networking events for powerful women in business, politics and entertainment. Fortune gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to sit in.  Fortune

Rough night for Ronda. In a shocking upset, previously undefeated UFC fighter Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm, a former U.S. boxing champion, on Saturday night. UFC president Dana White has already hinted at a potential rematch. WSJ

Big bucks to tackle bias. Unitive, a hiring platform created to tackle unconscious bias in corporations, has raised $7.5 million in venture capital funding. By asking managers to commit to candidate criteria prior to resumé reviews and interviews, the company’s software increases the objectivity of hiring decisions.   Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes’ chief supply chain and operations officer, has been promoted to group EVP and COO. Linda Kozlowski, Evernote’s COO, will be leaving the company by the end of the year.


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.

To lead better, listen. The loudest people in the room get all the recognition in most companies, while the more quiet ones often get overlooked. The best leaders are those who listen to and amplify all voices, says Peggy Johnson, EVP of business development at Microsoft.  Fortune

Better to be a big fish. Suneera Madhani, founder and CEO of Fattmerchant, says that launching her startup outside of Silicon Valley was the best decision she made. Instead of competing with other startups for media attention and network, she has ready access to both in Orlando, where her startup is based.  Fortune


Lunching with legends. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 82, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem, 81, have been friends for half a century. Over lunch at Ginsberg’s office, the two share memories and stories about what it was like to be a woman in the 1950s. The dean of Harvard Law School once asked RBG: “How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?” New York Times

Big beer woos women. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is setting out to win women with a Super Bowl ad campaign built around the idea that coming together over a frosty Bud Light can help solve the world’s problems, including unequal pay. Bloomberg

Digital safe space. Nonprofit startup Sexual Health Innovations has developed an online reporting system for campus sexual violence. The software, called Callisto, allows victims to record details of an assault anonymously, while saving and time-stamping those records. This allows students to decide later whether they want to formally file reports. New York Times

Pretty in pantyhose? Pantyhose are probably the least exciting item of clothing for most women, yet sales numbers are surprisingly strong. This is mainly thanks to certain industries—including medicine, finance, and hospitality—that still require female employees to wear them. Fortune

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What I’ve learned from Hillary Clinton, the Wellesley girl Fortune

Adele cries to her music, too  New York Times

Carolina Herrera on selfie etiquette and airport style WSJ


I’m the one making my decision, and I’m strong enough to do that.

Lindsey Vonn, on aiming to become the greatest skier in World Cup history, despite family pressure to give it up at age 31.