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The Broadsheet: June 29th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Caitlyn Jenner lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated, women-run digital health companies are getting traction, and the final report on Benghazi finds no new evidence against Hillary Clinton—although I doubt it’s the last we’ll hear on the subject. Enjoy your Wednesday.


Tackling the final taboo? Chelsea Handler has written a powerful essay in Playboy about her decision to get two abortions at age 16, which is timely given Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of a restrictive Texas abortion law. “I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family. I’m 41 now. I don’t ever look back and think, God, I wish I’d had that baby,” she writes.

Yet the comedian isn’t the first public figure to speak openly about her experience with abortion. Others include activist Gloria Steinem, tennis star Billie Jean King, and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Bravo to these inspiring women for speaking out about their choice and, hopefully, helping to dispel some of the stigma that remains around the issue. Fortune


• Bye-Bye, Benghazi? After a two-year investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi has issued its final report, which slams the Obama administration for the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead—but finds no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. New York Times

• Jenner then—and now. Caitlyn Jenner graces the cover of Sports Illustrated’s July issue—40 years after Bruce Jenner appeared on the magazine in celebration of his 1976 Olympic win. In the accompanying story, Jenner talks in detail about her life as both Bruce and Caitlyn, reflecting on how she’s proud of her athletic accomplishments, yet now realizes how much of a role they played in distracting her from dealing with who she truly was. Sports Illustrated

• MVC: Most Valuable Coach. In celebrating the life of former University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt, who died yesterday at 64, we unearthed this 2011 Fortune post in which Michelle Marciniak, who played for Summitt, writes touchingly about the coach’s relentless toughness and passion. Fortune

Shades of (gender) grey. The International Association of Athletics Federations banned runner Dutee Chand from competition after humiliating “gender testing” revealed high levels of testosterone. Chand successfully fought the ban and qualified for the Rio Olympics, but her experience points to how the rules that govern athletes who don’t conform to our binary ideas about gender are still in flux. New York Times

Le Pen takes the penMarine Le Pen, president of France’s rightwing National Front party, writes an op-ed in the New York Times about Brexit, which she describes as “an act of courage” and “a cry of revolt.” The politician calls for more referendums across the Europe (including in France, where President Francois Hollande has turned down her proposal), writing that the destiny of the E.U. “resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.” New York Times

Italy inches forward. While Rome and Turin both elected their first-ever female mayors this month, Italy still has a long way to go when it comes to women in politics. The country has instituted some helpful reforms—such as applying gender quotas to city councils—but it still lags behind many nations in terms of women’s representation at the top levels of government. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kourtney Ratliff Gibson has been named President of Loop Capital Markets. Hasbro announced that Hope Cochran, former CFO of King Digital, and Mary Beth West, EVP and chief customer and marketing officer for J.C. Penney, have been appointed to the company’s board. Brooke Buchanan, VP of communications at Theranos, has left the company.


• Quality, not quantity. This Quartz story—and accompanying video—examines the myth that working parents neglect their children. In short, a lot less has changed than you might think. Quartz

• Eye of the beholder. Dove has become well-known for its women-friendly beauty ads. Now, the brand is back with another feel-good campaign, which features women of different shapes and vocations talking about their looks—and why the only perception of beautiful that matters is their own.  Fortune

• A healthy trend. Women-run digital health companies are slowly beginning to attract a larger share of funding. One reason? Female investors say they see a major market for health products that cater to women’s needs. Bloomberg

• Level up. Level 20, a group set up to increase the number of women in private equity, is on the hunt for its first CEO, after securing multi-year funding from such firms as Advent International, KKR, and Apax Partners. The group’s founders include Kathleen Bacon of HarbourVest and Alexandra Hess of Cinven.  Financial News

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8 ways a Hillary Clinton presidency would change business for women  Inc

Black Girls Code is moving into Google’s New York offices  Fast Company

Meet the woman leading a spiritual revival in China  Ozy


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