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The Broadsheet: June 28th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The Supreme Court strikes down a draconian abortion law, Maria Sharapova heads to HBS, and Meg Whitman is changing things up. Have a fantastic Tuesday.


• A win for women. In a 5-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down portions of a Texas law that would have cut the number of abortion clinics in the state to about 10 (the number of clinics is already down from 40 to 20 thanks to the law, which was passed in 2013). The ruling, which is being hailed as the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion rights in more than two decades, means that similar restrictions in other states are likely to be ruled unconstitutional as well.

While Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, it was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurrence that caught my eye. She called out the state’s specious claim that its restrictions were meant to improve women’s safety, writing, “it is beyond rational belief that [the law] could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions.”

Hillary Clinton also weighed in, calling the ruling “a victory for women across America.” She took the opportunity to remind voters that Donald Trump has promised to defund Planned Parenthood (if it continues to provide abortion services) and appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. “We need a president who will defend women’s health and rights, “she said in a statement. “We must continue to protect access to safe and legal abortion—not just on paper, but in reality.”


• Meg making moves. Meg Whitman continues to shake things up at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this time with a reorg that she says will “simplify” the company. The biggest change is the upcoming departure of Martin Fink, HPE’s chief technology officer and head of the company’s research arm, Hewlett Packard Labs. Fortune

• War(ren) of wordsSen. Elizabeth Warren made her debut alongside Hillary Clinton yesterday, campaigning in Ohio. Warren praised Clinton for knowing how to “beat a bully”—a clear reference to Donald Trump, who she described as “a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for no one but himself.” Trump responded by calling Warren a “fraud” and a “racist.”

• Pat passes away. Legendary former University of Tennessee college basketball coach Pat Summitt has died at age 64. Summitt won more games than any other coach in NCAA history—male or female—and helped bring women’s basketball to the masses. NPR

• A hero’s journey. Ardelia Ali was raped in 1995, but the rape kit from her case was one of the 11,431 in Detroit that languished forgotten for years. This Elle piece tells the harrowing story of how, some twenty years later, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy managed to get Ali’s kit tested—a breakthrough that ultimately led to the conviction of her rapist. Elle

• A natural fit? Beautycounter has bought Nude, the beauty line founded by Ali Hewson. She will become a board member of Beautycounter’s parent company (Counter Brands) and her husband Bono will become a Counter Brands investor.  New York Times

• This Bud’s for us. In their latest Bud Light ad, Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan discuss the pay gap and the fact that women often pay more than men do for the same products. Hats off to Bud Light for breaking out of the usual bros-and-bikinis mold to create an ad that manages to be smart, funny and female-friendly. Fortune


• Shine onMichelle Obama, along with her daughters Sasha and Malia, visited a leadership camp for girls in Liberia. The First Lady, who will also make stops in Spain and Morocco to promote her “Let Girls Learn” initiative, urged the young women to keep fighting to stay in school, saying, “I’m here to shine a big bright light on you.”  ABC News

• Backhands to b-school. Maria Sharapova won’t just sit around polishing trophies during her two-year tennis ban (which she is currently appealing). The five-time Grand Slam champ and founder of candy line Sugarpova will attend a two-week program at Harvard Business School this summer. Fortune

• The SAT flunks? Some members of the test-prep industry say the revamped SAT includes questions that could trigger a “stereotype threat” for women and minorities. According to psychologists, when a test reminds people of a negative stereotype about their race or sex, it can cause anxiety and underperformance.  New York Times

• Lip service. Kylie Jenner appears to be taking a cue from the string of e-commerce companies that have recently opened brick-and-mortar stores, announcing via Snapchat that she’s on the hunt for a Kylie Cosmetics storefront. Racked

• Look out, Rio! Gymnast Simone Biles just won her fourth straight national title in the all-around event at the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships—plus gold medals in three of the four individual events. The last time a woman won four consecutive national titles in the all-around was 1974.  New York Times

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I’ve taken a pledge not to appear on all-male panels. Mostly.  The Atlantic

6 strategies for breaking down gender barriers in any profession  Fortune

AI’s white guy problem  New York Times

#TrumpGirlsBreakTheInternet isn’t going the way Trump supporters would’ve hoped  Mic


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