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The Broadsheet: November 23rd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Mark Zuckerberg walks his talk on paternity leave, Melania Trump speaks, and Patti LaBelle has a Thanksgiving pie with your name on it. Have a terrific Monday.


• Thank you, Zuck! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced (via Facebook, of course) that he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born: “Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” he wrote, adding that Facebook provides moms and dads with up to four months of paid leave. Hopefully, his decision will help encourage other men and top execs to follow in his footsteps—and embrace paternity leave themselves and for their employees. Fortune


• Patti’s pies. Kinna Thomas, Walmart’s senior buyer for pies and cakes, has helped reinvent the retail giant’s bakery business by bringing in sweet potato pies from legendary diva—and baking guru—Patti LaBelle. The pies have become so popular that, for one 72-hour period, Walmart was selling one per second. Fortune

• Meet Melania. We finally got to hear from Melania Trump, when she and husband Donald sat down with Barbara Walters on 20/20 Friday night. Melania talked about her charity work, motherhood (which, she says, is why we haven’t seen her on the campaign trail), and her take on Donald’s disparaging comments toward women. ​”It doesn’t bother me. He treats everybody the same,” she said​.  Elle

• Grading Marissa. Fortune’s Geoff Colvin assesses Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s three-year effort to turn around the struggling company. It’s not yet game over, but “envisioning any kind of long-term future for Yahoo is growing increasingly hard.” Fortune

• Warm fuzzies. Jane Chen is the founder of Embrace, a low-cost infant warmer to protect preterm and underweight babies. This month, she launched a line of baby products called Little Lotus, which are designed to regulate body temperature. For every Little Lotus sale, Chen plans to use a portion of the proceeds to provide an Embrace sleeping bag for a child in needier parts of the world. New York Times

• Tyra gets less FAB. After less than three months, Tyra Banks is leaving her daytime talk show FABlife. The official story: She’s quitting to focus on her cosmetics line.  Time

Camping over cookies. Five girls in Northern California are the latest to try to join the Boy Scouts, saying they’d rather learn wilderness skills than sell cookies. They face an uphill battle: The Boy Scouts may have become more accepting of gays, but the organization has remained adamant about its boys-only status, which is protected by federal law. New York Times


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.

Embrace the unexpected. Embrace the zigs and zags of your career, writes Intel Capital VP Lisa Lambert. In Lambert’s case, that meant leaving software engineering to become a venture capitalist. Fortune

• Get creative. Pascale Witz, EVP of global divisions at Sanofi, has four tips for inspiring—and rewarding—creativity.  Fortune

• Finding your people. Are you in the wrong type of work environment? Sandhya Venkatachalam, co-founder and partner of Centerview Capital, writes about the importance of finding a job where you can be yourself. Fortune


• Put down that vacuum. Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It, has a refreshing take on studies showing that women still do the lion’s share of housework: “Rather than convincing men to do more, women could simply do less.” Fortune

• Girma pays it forward. Meet Eritrean-American Haben Girma, Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate, and now an attorney who advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.  This is Africa

• Sorry statement. Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine apologized for comments he made last week about how women have difficulty finding music: “Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”  WSJ

• From skiing to streaming. Cindy Holland, VP for original content at Netflix, talks about what she learned from being a professional water skier and how her leadership style has evolved.  New York Times

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ISIS women in Syria recount anguish and escape  New York Times

How many kids do I need before people stop asking me when I’m having another?  Quartz

How ‘badass’ became a feminist word  The Atlantic

Two states will let pharmacists provide birth control  New York Times


A career is made as much by what you say no to as what you say yes to.

Cate Blanchett, on how she has navigated Hollywood