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The Broadsheet: May 9th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Val (@valzarya) here. Sarah Palin makes Paul Ryan a promise, Gloria Steinem sets the record straight, and Angelina Jolie’s next role might be in the British government. Have a lovely Monday.


A bittersweet Sunday. While many brands and celebrities celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, some women find the holiday to be a painful reminder—either of the loss of their mothers, or of an inability to become moms themselves. Sheryl Sandberg shared thoughts about her own loss—that of her husband—in a Facebook post over the weekend, writing about how being a single parent has “redefined what it is to be a mother” for her. The Facebook COO’s experience also has helped her to see the shortcomings of her bestselling book Lean In. “Before, I did not quite get it. I did not really get how hard it is to succeed at work when you are overwhelmed at home,” she wrote.


Palin’s promise. Sarah Palin has vowed to help defeat White House Speaker Paul Ryan in his Congressional reelection bid. The former veep candidate—and avid Donald Trump supporter—made the statement in response to Ryan’s announcement that he is “not ready” to support Trump as the Republican nominee. Fortune

Lands’ End’s rocky start. Federica Marchionni, who took the helm at Lands’ End in February 2015, is more than a year into her plan to update the aging fashion retailer. So far, the going has been rough: The company’s stock price has fallen by more than a third and her attempts to elevate the brand with more fashionable merchandise are seen by some employees as inconsistent with company culture. Wall Street Journal

• Best Buy’s better half. Trish Walker recently left Accenture to become president of services at Best Buy, meaning that six of the 10 executives who report to the CEO Hubert Joly are now women (a trend Fortune first discussed last fall).  Star Tribune

Steinem sets it straight? Gloria Steinem says her recent comment that young women supported Bernie Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie” was taken out of context. “I was just talking about how angry young women were that they were graduating in debt. But the second part of the sentence got cut out,” she says. The transcript of the original interview, however, points to Steinem’s words being taken at face value. Time

Bankrolling broads. A record 43% of all reported contributions to federal political candidates this year have come from women, and female donors have provided 20% of all individual contributions to super PACs, compared to just 1% in 2010. New York Times

• Good-bye, Good Wife. The last episode of The Good Wife aired last night, after seven seasons. The Washington Post delves into how the show’s central character, Alicia Florrick, has changed the way we perceive women in politics (as well as in political dramas), while The Wall Street Journal looks at what powerful women can learn from Florrick about looking the part.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Michelle Peluso, former Gilt Groupe CEO, is joining Technology Crossover Ventures as a venture partner. Merck & Co’s venture investment arm, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, appointed Domenech Wuttke as a managing director. Valerie Hermann has been promoted to global brand president for luxury, women’s collections and accessories at Ralph Lauren.


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.

Where the angels are. Jodi Goldstein, managing director of Harvard Innovation Labs, shares how entrepreneurs can develop relationships with angel investors.  Fortune

• Hold your tongue. “Never miss a chance to shut up,” advises self-proclaimed extrovert and founder of advertising agency T3 Gay Gaddis. Here’s why. Fortune


• Fighting more than fires. After Nicole Mittendorff, a firefighter in Virginia’s Fairfax Country, committed suicide last month, her department launched an investigation into a series of abusive online posts allegedly written by her co-workers. While this probe has drawn attention to the goings-on in this particular firehouse, the harassment of female firefighters is major issue elsewhere in the U.S. Washington Post

Balling in the USSR. When basketball stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner aren’t playing in the WNBA, they can be found in Yekaterinburg, playing for Russian basketball club UMMC. This ESPN magazine story offers a fresh perspective on why Taurasi, Griner, and so many other American female athletes spend half their careers overseas. ESPN

Baroness Jolie? Angelina Jolie might be preparing for a role in the British government. She has found a mentor in Baroness Arminka Helic, a member of the British House of Lords, and rumor has it she is preparing to make a run for the House herself. Fortune

• Measuring for moms. Nearly 50% of mothers stop breastfeeding because of concerns that their babies aren’t eating enough. To combat this, an Israeli startup called MomSense has developed a tool that’s able to quantify exactly how much milk a baby is consuming. Fast Company

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SNL pokes fun at Hillary Clinton with ‘President Barbie’ no one wants to play with Fortune

Joyce Carol Oates: New media is creating a nightmare America  Wired

A man’s game: Inside the inequality that plagues women’s college sports Center for Investigative Reporting

J.Lo’s new video is a sad premonition of the future of feminism  Slate


Care is as important as career, heart is as important as head, and family is as important as fame.

New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter in her University of Utah commencement speech