The Broadsheet: July 13th

July 13, 2016, 11:52 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The women of Congress are getting a visit from Barbie, a blind engineer is making technology for the sightless, and Fortune Brainstorm Tech wraps up in Aspen. Enjoy your Wednesday.


 Brainstorm's braintrust. Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, which kicked off on Monday in Aspen, is launching into its final morning. Here's a look at some of the highlights so far:

Venture capitalists—including Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, and Ann Miura-Ko of Floodgate—speculated about the persistent dearth of women in VC, with Quinn summing the situation up pithily: "You can't be what you can't see."

Another panel discussing broader issues of tech diversity included Twitter VP Jeffrey Siminoff saying that one key is to get support from the overrepresented: i.e. white men.

Attendees also heard from a slew of women running startups and big tech firms, including Diane Greene, the Google SVP in charge of the company's cloud program, WeWork co-founder Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, and GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock.

Want to follow along? Check out the live stream on (it starts at 9 am MT) or read all of our coverage here. Today's program includes film producer Mary Parent, who recently inked a deal for the film on Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes.


 All Trumped out. Clips from Trumped!, Donald Trump's syndicated radio show that ran from 2004 to 2008, may be coming back to bite him. Not only did the real estate mogul praise Hillary Clinton on the program ("She’d make a good president or good vice president”), but he used the platform to broadcast his misogynistic views, rating female celebs by their looks and praising Saudi Arabia's sexist divorce laws. Fortune

 Standing her ground. Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she was “extremely proud” of the yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, but refused to talk about the its conclusions. Not surprisingly, Republican lawmakers—some of whom are infuriated by her decision to close the case—were displeased.  New York Times

 Barbie for president! Today, Mattel releases its new presidential and VP Barbie ("first all-female ticket!") as part of a larger attempt to make the iconic doll more career-oriented. To mark the occasion and to encourage more women to run for elected office, nonpartisan organization She Should Run is gifting the doll to all 104 women in Congress.  Fortune

 Ailes' allies. Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are the latest female Fox News employees to come to the defense of Roger Ailes, who is being sued for sexual harassment by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. Still no word from Megyn Kelly...  Fortune

 Blind ambition. Jordyn Castor was born blind and weighing less than two pounds. But she never considered herself as limited and now, at age 22, Castor is an engineer at Apple, where she works on enhancing features like VoiceOver for blind users.  Mashable

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. executive Blythe Masters resigned as nonexecutive chairwoman of Santander Consumer USA Holdings in order to move into a broader role with parent company Banco Santander SA, focusing on its global digital banking efforts. Masters, who also will join Santander’s international advisory board and the board of Santander’s online bank, is currently CEO of financial technology startup Digital Asset Holdings.


 He can dish it out, but... Donald Trump responded to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent slam of his potential presidency, saying he wants her off the Supreme Court "as soon as possible."  Politico

To the victor goes the endorsement. As expected, Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday, saying, “She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”  Time

 Caring for caregivers. While the difficulty of finding affordable child care has drawn a lot of attention, the struggles of the poorly-paid workers who provide that care—most of whom are women—have been largely ignored. New York Times

 Alexa, where can I buy Alexa? British TV personality and model Alexa Chung is launching her own namesake fashion label. The ready-to-wear line will hit retailers in May 2017.  Business of Fashion

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