The Broadsheet: July 18th

July 18, 2016, 11:55 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A Pakistani social media star is the victim of a shocking “honor” killing, an Ohio Congressman doesn’t want any girls in his clubhouse, and the potential second lady of the U.S. is a towel entrepreneur. Have a productive Monday.


 An honorless actPakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been murdered in what police are calling an "honor" killing. Her brother, Muhammad Waseem, confessed to drugging and strangling her. The 26-year-old Baloch was an outspoken advocate of women's empowerment and a critic of Pakistan's male-dominated society. As noted by CNN, the country was ranked second to last of the 145 nations surveyed by the World Economic Forum's 2015 Gender Gap Report.

Baloch was a polarizing figure in Pakistan, offending some and cheered as a "gutsy feminist provocateur" by others. Waseem was apparently upset by his sister's progressive ideals, as well as by photos she posted online of herself with a well-known Muslim cleric.

Her death is a stark reminder that so-called honor killings continue even in 2016. Indeed, activists say they remain "an epidemic" in modern Pakistan: More than 1,000 women were killed in such incidents last year in the country. I can only hope Waseem will be held accountable and that the murder of such a high profile woman will help bring greater attention to this horrifying phenomenon.  Fortune


Contemplating childcare. Most parents agree that childcare has become really, really expensive, but there seems to be little agreement on what's driving the price hike. Bloomberg looks at a number of potential explanations, including the theory that childcare workers are getting paid more (nope), that increased demand is driving up cost (negative), and that there has been a decrease in government funding for care (potentially).  Bloomberg

 A towel titan? Karen Pence, wife of Donald Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, is the founder of “That’s My Towel!” Charm, a company that makes metal charms for you to attach to your beach towel in order to tell which one is yours. While I can't say that I've ever found keeping track of my towel to be much of a struggle, I guess I'll give her points for creativity? Fortune

 Convening at the Convention. Expect plenty of protestors at this week's Republican National Convention, including Code Pink, a grass-roots organization led by women, and a group of 100 nude women who are participating in an art installation titled, "Everything She Says Means Everything."  New York Times

 The Veep heap. Hillary Clinton met with three potential running mates at her Washington home—including Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator appears to be the only woman on Clinton's VP shortlist. Bloomberg

 Nope, still sexist. Fortune's Valentina Zarya asks whether articles bashing French PM Francois Hollande for spending $11,000 a month on haircuts or satirical articles parsing the "style secrets" of the husband of the British PM means the media is beginning to treat male and female politicians equally. Spoiler: Probably not. Fortune

 Who ya gonna watch? Sheryl Sandberg nailed why films like the all-female Ghostbusters matter. "When our films depict strong women in leading roles, we show girls they can become anything they want to be—including a Ghostbuster," she wrote in a Facebook post. The reboot pulled in $46 million during its opening weekend—not enough to knock The Secret Lift of Pets out of the No. 1 spot, but still the biggest live-action comedy opening of 2016.   Entertainment Weekly


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.

Risky business. Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch New York, has three tips for encouraging your employees to take more smart risks.  Fortune

 Run things. Looking for some fresh perspective on tackling challenges? Try a marathon, writes Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance. You'd be shocked at what the race can teach you about motivation and overcoming adversity. Fortune

 The power of no. Linda Celestino, VP of guest services at Etihad Airways, writes about why women tend to struggle with saying "no" at work—and how you can put learn to deploy that life-saving word more often.  Fortune


 No girls allowed! Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) is hosting a fundraiser this week at the men-only Sharon Golf Club. It's bad enough that clubs that outlaw women still exist, but to hold a fundraiser at one? Guess Renacci isn't interested in women's money—or their votes. Fortune

 Yaaas, queen. Do you need more of 2 Dope Queens co-host Phoebe Robinson in your life? Check out Sooo Many White Guys, her new podcast that features interviews with artists and performers—as long as they aren't, well, white guys. Fortune

 The 30% club. Fortune's Claire Zillman takes a look at the cabinet of new British Prime Minister Theresa May. Women will account for about 30% of May's closest advisors. While that beats the global average for female cabinet members, many expected May, who founded a group dedicated to electing more Conservative women, to do better. Fortune

 Surf's up. A number of women—including Srinija Srinivasan and Seana Meek—were among Yahoo's original "surfers": employees who visited websites and categorized them by hand. This article tells the story of some of who those surfers, providing a fascinating window into the early days of the web.  New York Times

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Beyoncé is one step closer to the elusive EGOT  Time

Elisabeth Murdoch’s media company just launched a men’s lifestyle brand on Snapchat Recode

Mike Pence fits right in with Donald Trump's anti-women worldview  Slate

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Victory is in your veins / You know it, you know it / And you will not negotiate / Just fight it, just fight it / And be transformed

Lyrics from Katy Perry's <em>Rise</em>, which will be used an anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics