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The Broadsheet: May 13th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The Pope opens the door for female deacons, the Fed has diversity issues, and Hope Solo is going to Rio after all. Have a relaxing weekend.


• The lowdown on high heels. After a British woman was sent home from work for refusing to relinquish her flats, Fortune‘s Claire Zillman dug into the legality—both in the U.K. and the U.S.—of forcing an employee to wear high heels. As someone who spends 99% of her professional life in flat shoes (preferably sneakers!), I was surprised to discover that it’s something of murky issue. What about you? Do you feel pressure to wear heels at work? Let me know at   Fortune


• Compare and contrast. Fortune‘s Dan Primack writes about the latest comparisons being drawn between the troubles of Elizabeth Holmes-led Theranos and wireless charging startup uBeam, which is led by Meredith Perry. The chatter was sparked by a series of blog posts from an ex-uBeam exec, alleging that the company’s technology does not work. Primack says the comparison between the two is “lousy” for a number of reasons, including that “it smells a bit of bias against young, blonde female founders.” Fortune

• Deacon diversity? Pope Francis says he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry. Fortune

• Dear Janet letter. A letter signed by 116 members of Congress and 11 Senators—including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—urged Fed chair Janet Yellen to bring more diversity at the U.S. central bank. Sounds like a good idea: Currently, 10 of the Fed’s 12 regional bank presidents are men and 11 of them are white. Fortune

• Goldman girls. Around 21% of U.S. executives or senior officials at Goldman Sachs are women, according to a new company report. That’s below the national average of 29% in the U.S. finance and insurance industry. Fortune

• Moaning about Mitchell. In an interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell, Bernie Sanders responded to a question about whether his attacks will hurt Hillary Clinton in the general election by saying,“Please do not moan to me about Hillary Clinton’s problems.” Were those words a sexist dismissal of Mitchell—or just a typical politician’s dodge? Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Linda Kozlowski, former COO of Evernote, is joining Etsy as COO. Cheyenne Westphal, who resigned as Sotheby’s worldwide head of contemporary art in March, is joining Phillips auction house as its new chairman.


• Not a good look. While provocative ads are nothing new for Calvin Klein, one image from the designer’s latest campaign has the Internet up in arms. It’s an “upskirt” shot of a model—meaning it’s taken from underneath her, as if without her knowledge—with the caption “take a peek.” Fortune

• Tough Times. Women working at The New York Times make about 7% less than their male colleagues, according to a new study.  Bloomberg

• A mountain (wo)man. Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed Everest more than any other woman and is now trying for her seventh summit. Yet despite her amazing accomplishments, she remains all but unknown and spends her off-season working minimum wage jobs in Connecticut.  Outside

• Rio reversal. Soccer star Hope Solo is walking back her earlier statement that she would not attend the Rio Olympics due to concern about the Zika virus. Now Solo says she will “grudgingly” participate—but may not leave the hotel room outside of games and practices. People

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Does taking your married name mean you’re not a real feminist?  Vogue

How Brexit could derail the fight for women’s rights  The Guardian

Why hasn’t The Late Show interviewed any female novelists?  The Observer

Majority of Nike’s U.S. employees are minorities for the first time  Fortune


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