The Broadsheet: December 22nd

December 22, 2015, 12:51 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! An ISIS survivor testifies, Adele wonders whether Americans think she’s royalty, and the queen of home shopping is coming to a store near you. Enjoy your Tuesday.


 Survivor's tale. Nadia Murad Basee Taha is a 21 year-old Yezidi woman who escaped ISIS slavery and recently testified about the plight of her people before the U.N. Security Council in New York. I highly recommend you take the time to read her harrowing story. Time


 As seen on TV. Joy Mangano is the founder and president of Ingenious Design—as well as the inspiration for David O. Russell's upcoming film, Joy. She made a name for herself on television, hawking products like the Miracle Mop and Forever Fragrant scent sticks. Now she's debuting her first in-store collection at Target and other retailers. Bloomberg

 A blessing and a curse. Hillary Clinton had a mixed Monday. Donald Trump demanded that she apologize for calling him "ISIS’s best recruiter" during Saturday's Democratic debate. Meanwhile, daughter Chelsea announced that she's pregnant with her second child.

 Forgive and forget? Since becoming the democratically elected leader of Myanmar six weeks ago, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has kept a low profile. But her transition to power is slowly taking shape. She's indicating that she's willing to build bridges with the military that once held her prisoner.  New York Times

 Rolling with Adele. In TIME's latest cover story, Adele talks about what makes her songs so relatable, how motherhood has changed her, and what she does to maintain a normal life. Time

 Foul play? When is it okay for women to "play the gender card?" This op-ed argues that women who try to assert that they have certain intrinsic strengths just because of their gender (e.g, that they're nurturing or good listeners), may inadvertently fuel stereotypes and trap women in limiting roles. Fortune

China hits the gym. More Chinese women are eschewing the traditional waifish look favor of becoming "crazy gym devils," as fitness lovers are called in China. WSJ


 Dr. Mom. Nearly 60% of women say they make medical decisions for others, but new research shows that doctors and other health providers are failing to meet their needs. Fortune

 A sorry state. With the release of The Big Short rekindling interest in the financial crisis, this podcast remembers the work of Doris Dungey, aka "Tanta." Dungey, who died in 2009, was one of the few who spotted early signs of the impending crisis, writing anonymously about problems in the mortgage industry for the Calculated Risk blog.  Bloomberg

#Fitspo. Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines, who has 4 million followers on Instagram, is one of a small but growing group of women who are building fitness businesses by leveraging the social media juggernaut. USA Today

 Fighting Dragons. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempts to fight the spread of Islamic terrorism to the U.S., she is drawing on lessons she learned prosecuting the Green Dragons, a New York City Street gang that ruled Chinese neighborhoods in Queens in the 1990s. Bloomberg

 JK gives the OK. Author JK Rowling says she's on board with the casting of black actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in the theater production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. "Rowling loves black Hermione," she tweeted. Time

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No indictment in Sandra Bland's death in a Texas jail cell   WSJ

Are female teachers unintentionally steering girls away from math?  Re/Code

Kim Kardashian has launched her own set of emoji  Vanity Fair

How Taylor Swift will get fans to pay for Apple Music  Fortune


When I was doing features, women producers, especially executives, it's almost like they were afraid to push for a woman writer. If it didn't go well, it would be on them for pushing for a woman, whereas if they got a guy and it didn't go well, oh well, it just didn't go well. It wasn't <em>because</em> it was a guy writer.

Patricia Resnick, who wrote the original screen play for <em>9 to 5,</em> which debuted 35 years ago this month.