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The Broadsheet: November 25th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! American Apparel is (once again) the target of complaints over sexual harassment, Coke’s chief science and health officer is “retiring,” and wearable tech gets intimate with women. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The Broadsheet will return on Monday.


• Flat fizz. Coca-Cola chief science and health officer Rhona Applebaum is out in the wake of a controversy over the company’s close relationship with Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit working to fight obesity. Applebaum, who Coke says is retiring, helped manage the relationship between the beverage giant and the nonprofit. Bloomberg


• Giving thanks for Julia. Julia Child, legendary chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, used to be our “national Thanksgiving commander in chief.” This charming story describes how Child refused to remove her number from the phone book, instead taking endless Thanksgiving calls from any “total stranger with a turkey problem.” New York Times

• Tasteless tee. American Apparel founder Dov Charney may be gone, but it appears that his spirit lingers on into the tenure of CEO Paula Schneider. To promote its Black Friday sale, the company asked staffers to wear t-shirts emblazoned with “Ask Me to Take It All Off.” After an employee complained to Jezebel, the retailer backed off, saying it will no longer encourage workers to wear the shirts.  Fortune

• She’s got it, Ralph. In a letter urging Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to raise interest rates to help savers, consumer advocate Ralph Nader urged her to “sit down with Nobel Prize-winning husband, economist George Akerlof, who is known to be consumer-sensitive.” For her part, Yellen responded with a letter that Vox described as “a fantastic short lesson on monetary policy.” Fortune

Keeping up with Keane. Margaret Keane, CEO of Synchrony Financial, talks about growing up with financial insecurity, working three jobs to put herself through college, and learning to lead.  New York Times

Splitting the struggle. HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which have been separate companies since Nov. 1, shared their earnings forecasts for the first time, revealing challenges ahead. While HP Inc. must find a way to respond to falling demand for PCs and printers, Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE, will attempt to turn a profit as companies move to cloud-computing services that run on equipment HPE doesn’t sell.  WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Agility Fuel Systems, a developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles, has appointed Kathleen Ligocki CEO.


• Trump, champion of women? While Donald Trump has honed his reputation for sexism during his presidential race, many women who have worked with the tycoon say that while he could be boorish, he was ahead of his time in providing career advancement for women. Washington Post

• Tech gets intimate. Wearable technology isn’t just for wrists anymore—particularly when it comes to women. New startups are creating technology to track, connect, or otherwise enhance women’s bodies. Examples include Elvie, an exercise tracker for the pelvic floor ; Wink, a smart fertility thermometer; and Vibease, a wearable, bluetooth-enhanced vibrator.  Fortune

Avon’s makeover? Shares of Avon Products rose 17% after Citigroup upgraded the cosmetics company, to a buy. Citi points to signs of a long-awaietd turnaround under CEO Sheri McCoy.  Bloomberg

• An inventive idea. Michelle K. Lee, the first female director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, writes about the USPTO’s “All in STEM” initiative, which includes a partnership with a summer camp for school-aged kids and the creation of a Girl Scout patch on intellectual property.  USA Today

• Made in China. Guo Pei is one of China’s most famous haute couturiers, perhaps best known in the U.S. for making the yellow gown that Rihanna wore at this year’s Met Gala. In this video interview, she talks about her work and its connection to China’s history. WSJ

Correction: In yesterday’s Broadsheet, I mistakenly identified Bryce Covert, economic policy editor for ThinkProgress, as a man. Lesson learned: Never assume. My apologies for the error.

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Here’s the best time of day to shop on Black Friday  Fortune

Women are drinking more   The Guardian

The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt: When a joke destroys a reputation  Commentary

The love story behind Carol  The New Yorker


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