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The Broadsheet: June 20th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. Rome gets its first female mayor, Barbie can code, and Chelsea Clinton gave birth to a baby boy. Have a wonderful first day of summer.


• Raggi wins over Rome. Virginia Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer-turned-politician, became the first female mayor of Rome in its 3,000-year history on Sunday. In her victory speech, Raggi said that we live “in an age where equality of opportunity remains a mirage,” referring in part to the sexism that still plagues Italian politics. Earlier this month, former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi refused to support Giorgia Meloni—a leading rightwing candidate for mayor—because he said her pregnancy made her unfit for public office.

Raggi comes into office at a time when the vast majority of global cities are still run by men. Washington D.C.’s Muriel Bowser, Paris’s Anne Hidalgo, Cape Town’s Patricia de Lille, and Madrid’s Manuela Carmena are a few of the notable exceptions. In the U.S., only about 19% of cities have female leaders. Fortune


• Mayer’s secret meetings. The Wall Street Journal reports that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer last year struck a secret truce with activist investor Jeffrey Smith, with Mayer agreeing to be more mindful about Yahoo’s rising costs and Smith agreeing not to go into battle over board seats. A year later, Yahoo’s costs have ballooned and Smith’s firm, Starboard Value, holds nearly half the spots on the company’s board.  WSJ

• She rules the radio. I sat down with New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker to talk about how she got her start, what business school was like for women in the 80’s, and why we need more women in radio and podcasting.  Fortune

• Opt out of overtime. Working long hours is far worse for women’s health than for men’s, according to a new study by Ohio State University researchers. Women who worked an average of 60 hours or more over three decades had three times the risk of getting diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis than those who worked 40-hour weeks. For men, the effect of long work hours was minimal.  Fortune

• Hashtagging harassment. Want to explain the frustrations of street harassment to a man in your life? Have him search #NoWomanEver on Twitter. The hashtag went viral on social media this weekend, with women sharing everyday experiences of being harassed by strangers. One infuriating example tweet: “When you and your friends followed me for 3 blocks yelling, I wasn’t panicking I was excited! #nowomanever.” Motto

• Quietly powerful. Beth Comstock, vice chair of General Electric and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, proves that you don’t have to an extrovert to succeed in business. A self-proclaimed introvert, she recalls her early career: “There were times in a work setting that I wasn’t being heard. I’d leave a meeting, and I’d be thinking, ugh, I didn’t speak up. So I’d start to feel like I wasn’t able to contribute like I wanted, and I had to force myself out of it.” New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS:  Carol Jenkins Barnett is stepping down from the board of Publix Super Markets due to her recent diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She will remain in her role as chair and president of Publix Super Markets Charities.


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.

Not just for poets. Courage and wisdom are two words you don’t hear very often in a business context, but they’re absolute must-haves for a successful exec, says Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance. Here’s why. Fortune

Get back up again. Racquel Oden, managing director at Merrill Lynch, says the best way to bounce back from a mistake at work is to own it—and, of course, learn from it. Fortune

Just like high school. Making friends with new coworkers can be a challenge, but Kat Cohen, founder and CEO of IvyWise, has some tips to make it easier. Fortune


Courtside conflict. ESPN anchor Stephen Smith faced the wrath of female basketball fans over the weekend when he implied that the role of an athlete’s wife was a silent one. Smith commented that Savannah Brinson, wife of Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, was “wonderful” because “she sits there, she doesn’t bring any attention to herself.” The conversation started during Thursday night’s NBA finals game when Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, sent a tweet calling the sport “rigged.” New York Magazine

Politics’ princessesThis lunchtime conversation between Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and the chief of Global Health Corps, and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, gives a glimpse at how growing up in political families has shaped both women. New York Times

Sharing is scary? Vice looks at how women and minorities are marginalized within the sharing economy, including anecdotes of violence, harassment and discrimination on platforms like Uber and Airbnb. Part of the problem, according to the writer, is that none of the major players were founded by, or are currently helmed by, women. Vice

• A Barbie to get behind. Continuing in its mission to remake Barbie into a toy to empower young girls, toymaker Mattel has released its Game Developer Barbie doll. She wears an “industry inspired” outfit of glasses, jeans and a green jacket, and comes with a laptop and oversized silver headphones. CNET

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The arc of history bends toward white women MTV

Jessica Valenti and Lindy West reveal feminism’s growing pains Time

A Japanese city is paying for egg-freezing to encourage women to have babies Slate

How this woman became Germany’s first Muslim parliamentary president Washington Post


Marc and I are overwhelmed with gratitude and love as we celebrate the birth of our son, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.

Chelsea Clinton, announcing the birth of her second child on Saturday morning