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The Broadsheet: July 27th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton officially makes history, Bill Clinton tries on the role of First Gentleman, and a chipmaker will pony up nearly $20 million over gender discrimination. Enjoy your Wednesday.


• History in the making. Hillary Clinton yesterday became the first female presidential nominee of a major party. I realize that’s not exactly a shock—she’s been the presumptive Democratic Party pick for nearly two months—but the enormity of that fact really hit me yesterday while watching the roll call vote that made it official. So before digging into the recap of the night, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that, partisan politics aside, this is big, big moment for American women.

There were a number of powerful speakers last night, most notably Bill Clinton, who gave a long, beautiful speech, spending a good chunk of it describing his courtship of the woman who would become his wife before going on to praise to her abilities. “She is the best darn change-maker I have ever known,” he said, giving a nod to Bernie Sanders supporters, who persisted in protesting last night despite the Vermont senator calling for party unity by asking that the delegation to nominate Clinton by a unanimous vote.

Other emotional addresses included one by Mothers of the Movement, a group of black mothers who lost children to gun violence and in run-ins with the police, and Lauren Manning, a 9/11 survivor who described then-New York Senator Clinton’s support for her and other victims after the terror attack: “She visited, called, and checked in for years, because she cared.”


Mulling first manhood. With Bill Clinton addressing the DNC last night, a number of pieces speculated about his title—First Gentleman? First Laddie? First Dude?—should his wife be elected president. Of course, the beauty of being the first person to have the gig, writes Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya, is that he would likely have a lot of leeway to define it however he likes—a freedom that has never really been available to first ladies. As George Washington University professor Allida Black told the Wall Street Journal: “I would hope that Bill Clinton, especially as a former president, in a role that has been traditionally undervalued by historians and public policy people, would let people understand the complexities that are inherent in this role.”

Don’t bet on an Obama dynasty. After watching Michelle Obama’s rafter-shaking speech at the DNC, some observers are wondering if the current First Lady might have her own political ambitions. Unlikely, says Kate Andersen, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. Andersen talks about Obama’s dislike for the nitty gritty of D.C. politics and how she has chafed against some of the demands of her high-profile position. Fortune

• FLOTUS fashion. Speaking of the First Lady, New York Times fashion columnist Vanessa Friedman noted that Michelle Obama—a master of using clothes to send a message—chose a dress by Christian Siriano for her DNC appearance. Siriano, who you may remember from Project Runway, has “built his career on being inclusive: on catering to women regardless of size or age,” writes Friedman. Most recently, he volunteered to dress Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones when no other designers would. New York Times

Letting the chips fall. Computer chipmaker Qualcomm has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit involving 3,300 women who alleged they were denied equal pay and promotions.  U.S. News and World Report

• Mayer’s next move. As the news of Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo settles, there’s plenty of speculation about what’s next for CEO Marissa Mayer. WSJ


• Found in translation. Millie Tran is BuzzFeed’s first director of global translations. Her job is to ensure that the media company’s endless stream of articles, quizzes and videos is translated for its international editions. Fortune

Lael gets low. Meet Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, who has become a leading advocate for keeping rates low—a stance that’s promoted some to speculate that she could land a top job in a Clinton White House. New York Times

• Cold fish, hot water. Boston-based restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods is in hot water for a poorly-thought-out ad mocking Hillary Clinton. Under a photo of the candidate, the copy reads: “We have a term for cold fish. Sushi.” Not surprisingly, people aren’t thrilled by the chain’s use of a tired sexist term for a “frigid” woman. Eater

• Fin-drama for women. Actress Anna Gunn, best known as Skyler on Breaking Bad, talks about her new role as a Wall Street power player in Equity—a financial thriller written and directed by women—opening this Friday. WSJ

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Samantha Bee calls Trump a “sociopathic, 70-year-old toddler”  Fortune

Bleeding on the job: a menstruation investigation  Fast Company

Like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton now has an anger translator  Quartz

Watch: Daughter of undocumented migrants gets standing ovation at DNC Fortune


“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”

Hillary Clinton in a surprise satellite appearance at the DNC last night