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The Broadsheet: July 5th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here, filling in for Kristen this week. Samantha Bee gets lots of media love, Ivanka Trump calls her dad a “feminist,” and Jessi Hempel writes a counter-narrative of Silicon Valley’s early days. Have a fantastic Tuesday.


• The original Valley girls. A few months ago, Newsweek published a special edition of its magazine with a cover story called “The Founding Fathers of Silicon Valley,” accompanied by a photo of seven white men: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs.

Jessi Hempel, editor of Backchannel (and a former Fortune writer), has written a biting response, saying that “any history that holds up seven white men as the founders of the computer revolution obscures the true collective nature of innovation.”

Hempel then went on to create her own counter-narrative to Newsweek‘s story, spotlighting six tech innovators who happen to be female (she left the seventh spot open to nominations).

The women included are: Judy Estrin, who helped create the Internet; Lynn Conway, supercomputer technology pioneer; Sandy Kurtzig, the first software entrepreneur to become a multimillionaire; Donna Dubinsky, founding CEO of Palm (creator of Blackberry’s predecessor Palm Pilot); Sandy Lerner, one of the creators of the computer router; and Diane Greene, a founder of the virtualization industry.  Backchannel


 Sotomayor v. the system. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissents this term were mostly focused on criminal justice. When read together, writes New York Times‘ Adam Liptak, “they are a remarkable body of work from an increasingly skeptical student of the criminal justice system, one who has concluded that it is clouded by arrogance and machismo and warped by bad faith and racism.”  New York Times

A very Bee weekend. Late-night TV host Samantha Bee got lots of love from the media this weekend. A profile of her appeared in Rolling Stone (highly worth reading, if only for the story of how and why Bee convinced her high school boyfriend to break her hand), while Vox argued that the comedienne is “breaking the [television] mold that [Jon] Stewart set up and [John] Oliver perfected.”

 Child care scare. The cost of raising a child born in 2013 until age 18 is projected to be $245,340—or nearly five years of income for the median U.S. household. Wall Street Journal

Pacing the gap. Pew Research Center finds that, in 2015, women earned 83% as much as men. That’s better than the often-repeated 79% number, but some women are faring better than others. Asian and white women have shrunk their wage gap by 22% in 35 years, while black women have narrowed the divide by only 9% during that same period—and Hispanic women by just 5%. Fortune

• Going for gold. If you haven’t yet heard of American gymnast Simone Biles, it’s time to pay attention. The 19-year-old, who “exudes utter delight, competing as if the four-inch-wide balance beam is the sidewalk in front of her house,” is slated to win as many as five gold medals at the Rio Olympics. Washington Post

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: The SEC has named C. Dabney O’Riordan co-chief of the Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit, which focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds.


• Toasting The Toast. Feminist website The Toast went out with a bang over the weekend, thanks to a contributed piece by Hillary Clinton. Part mini-memoir of the former Senator’s time in male-dominated Congress, part ode to feminist media, it’s absolutely worth a read. The Toast

• She’s the bomb. Forty years ago, Linda Cox became the military’s first female bomb technician, but she doesn’t see herself as being much of a trailblazer. “These gals coming up, going into combat units now, they’ll have it a lot harder than I did,” she says. BuzzFeed

• How do you figure? Ivanka Trump made the bold proclamation in a UK newspaper interview that her father Donald Trump “is a feminist.” The businesswoman also said that the presumptive GOP nominee “is a big reason [she is] the woman [she is] today.” Sunday Times

• Fertility finance. Natural Cycles, a provider of fertility tracking software, announced a $6 million funding round over the weekend. TechCrunch

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