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The Broadsheet: May 25th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Meg Whitman goes for a surprise spin, Facebook apologizes for a plus-size mistake, and Marissa Mayer looks, well, biblical on her latest magazine cover. Have a fantastic Wednesday.


• Meg making moves. Months after Hewlett-Packard split into two companies, one of those entities, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is splitting again. HPE, led by Meg Whitman—No. 7 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, is planning to spin off its services unit and merge it with Computer Sciences Corp (Whitman will take a seat on the new company’s board). Analysts seem to approve of the move, noting that it removes a troubled business unit from HPE and is expected offer both companies the scale to better compete in their respective markets. Fortune


• Her cross to bear? Variety‘s new Marissa Mayer cover is the talk of the Internet—and it’s not hard to see why. Done in the style of a classic painting, it shows Mayer struggling to carry a giant wooden “Y” on her back, a clear reference to, well, Jesus. I’m not really sure where they’re going with that metaphor, but the story itself doubles down on the over-the-top religion theme, dubbing Mayer “Yahoo’s false profit.” Variety

• Buy-Buy. Best Buy announced that its CFO, Sharon McCollam, will step down on June 14. For more on McCollam, check out this 2015 feature by Fortune‘s Jen Wieczner, which digs into how the CFO and the rest of the retailer’s largely female leadership team helped turn the electronics giant around. Fortune

• Supplying drama. Speaking at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women dinner in New York, Sam’s Club CEO Roz Brewer told the audience what it was like to receive death threats after discussing diversity issues in a CNN interview. Fortune

• Dem vs. Dem? California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed state attorney general Kamala Harris’s bid to fill Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. California’s primary system sends the top two primary vote-getters to the general election regardless of party, so Harris may end up facing off against a fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez. WSJ

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jackie Woodward is stepping down as VP of global media for General Mills to become CMO at Krispy Kreme. Rent-A-Center named Angela Yochem SVP of information technology and CIO.


Dislike. Facebook apologized for rejecting an image featuring plus-sized model Tess Holliday as part of a posted event advertisement. The social network initially said it banned the photo for portraying a body in an “undesirable manner.”  Fortune

• The young and the dauntless. Inc.‘s annual “30 Under 30” feature is out. While the list is pretty male-heavy, I enjoyed reading about female founders like Vital Vio’s Colleen Costello, Lumi Organics’ Hillary Lewis, and 2015 Fortune Most Promising Women Entrepreneur Jessica Williams of Uncharted Play. Inc

• Doing the robot. Simone Giertz, a 25-year-old Swedish inventor, is best known for making what she calls “shitty robots.” Except that her creations, which do things like bop her in the face with a rubber arm when it’s time to wake up, don’t deserve the slight: they’re pure goofiness and delight.  The Verge

• Startup solider. In this video interview, serial entrepreneur and Facebook head of Israel operations Adi Soffer-Teeni talks about what she learned serving in the Israeli Air Force, and how mandatory military service has affected businesswomen in the country. Bloomberg

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The rescue of another girl kidnapped by Boko Haram raises hopes for the rest  Time

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in sex assault case  The Hollywood Reporter

How do you find a mentor when there’s no one who looks like you?  Refinery29

Thelma & Louise holds up well—a little too well  The Atlantic


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