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The Broadsheet: August 9th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Some broadcasters are finding ways to credit men for women’s Olympic medals, the company that makes Ivanka Trump’s clothing doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, and a veteran TV producer remembers being offered a “sexual alliance” with Roger Ailes. Have a productive Tuesday.


• An Anita Hill moment? Veteran TV producer Shelley Ross and Fox News host Andrea Tantaros are the latest women to say they were sexually harassed by Roger Ailes.

According to Ross, after offering her a job, the former Fox New boss suggested that they form a “sexual alliance.” (She declined.) The problem is much bigger than Ailes or Fox, writes Ross in the Daily Beast: “You can’t just have one villain, not even Roger Ailes. For 30 years I have witnessed a pervasive culture populated by more than a few morally repugnant executives and those who kept their jobs by not making waves around them.”

Tantaros says that she complained multiple times to senior Fox executives about Ailes’s inappropriate behavior—Ailes allegedly asked Tantaros to do “the twirl” so he could see her figure—which eventually lead to her being taken off the air. As far as Tantaros knows, her complaints were never investigated.

These women’s decisions to come forward lends some credence to this New York Times piece, which suggests that we may be “approaching another Anita Hill moment.” In other words, that the string of women who have spoken out about their experiences with the former CEO (as well as those who brought accusations against Bill Cosby) may encourage women everywhere to come forward with their own stories of harassment.

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Dropping likes flies. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is the latest Republican leader to announce that she will not be voting for Donald Trump. In a Washington Post editorial, she writes: “Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.” Washington Post

• Ms. Moneybags. New research finds that women account for nearly 12% of the world’s billionaires, down slightly from 2015. However, a larger share of these women’s wealth came from their own initiatives (as opposed to an inheritance): 44% this year vs. 35% last year.   Fortune

• Mansplaining medals. Just a few days into the Rio Olympics and the media is already blowing it: A number of commentators have attributed the successes of female Olympians to their husbands and male coaches, or to their ability to compete “like a man.” Huffington Post

• Mommy guilt? While Ivanka Trump paid lip service to the needs of working women in her Republican National Convention speech, the Washington Post is reporting that the company that makes her namesake clothing line—including the dress she wore that night—does not give its employees a single day of paid maternity leave. Washington Post

Tale of two policies. In a speech Monday, Donald Trump promised to make childcare tax-free. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has previously said that her childcare plan would cap costs at 10% of a family’s income. To get a sense of how those two policies might stack up, take a look at these cost-of-care calculators:  WSJ

• Another reason to run. While many women on the U.S. Olympic track and field team still need a job (or two) to fund their training and competition, regular female runners are making their lives a little easier. Half of American race finishers are women, prompting running companies to sponsor more top female track stars. Fortune


• A gold in commentary? Have you been following Leslie Jones as she live-tweets the Olympics? Jim Bell, NBC Olympics’ executive producer, has—and he invited the comedian to come to Rio to take her hilarious commentary mainstream. Fox Sports

• Rocky stats. BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, has shared its gender diversity statistics for the first time, revealing that about 26% of its senior employees are women. That puts it on par with many of its competitors and with big banks like J.P. Morgan Chase and Citi. Fortune

ISIS insider. This interview with Pulitzer-nominated terrorism journalist Rukmini Callimachi is a fascinating look into how she uses social media to gain intel about the world’s most hostile and secretive organizations—including ISIS: “She lurks in Telegram chat rooms, navigates an endless flood of tips on Twitter, and carefully tracks sources and subjects all over the Internet.” Wired

• I need an invite! Martha Stewart is teaming up with Snoop Dogg for Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, a weekly VH1 series where the duo will host their celebrity friends for dinner.  EW

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I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika. This is what it’s like  Time

Gov. Koike: ‘I will bring financial institutions back to Tokyo’  Nikkei Asian Review

Here are 40 women over 40 to watch  40over40

Criminal trial set to begin for Pennsylvania’s AG  New York Times



I'm so sick of people shaming women for being sensitive or vulnerable. It’s so bizarre to me.

actress Winona Ryder