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The Broadsheet: August 10th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! We get a peek inside Fox News, Chipotle loses a pregnancy discrimination suit, and the women of the Olympics continue to rack up medals—and speak their minds. Have a wonderful Wednesday.


• King is queen. While some Rio Olympic commentators seem dead set on minimizing the achievements of female athletes, even the most sexist of coverage is no match for 19-year-old Lilly King.

The U.S. swimmer won gold and set an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke on Monday night, but what really set the whole world talking is her willingness to call out athletes with a history of drug violations. She directed some tough talk—and a wagged finger—at fellow backstroker Yulia Efimova, a Russian champ who had previously served a 16-month suspension for a banned prescription steroid. Then, in case anyone was thinking of accusing her of simply targeting a competitor, she said she doesn’t think that star sprinter Justin Gatlin or other athletes previously banned for doping should be allowed to compete on the U.S. team.

Agree or disagree, it’s impressive to see a young woman willing to unapologetically express a controversial opinion—especially on such a big stage.

“I’m not this sweet little girl,” said King, who swims against Efimova again today in the 200-meter breaststroke. “If I need to stir it up to put a little fire under my butt, then that’s what I’m going to do.”


• GOP seeks women. The New York Times reports that Donald Trump’s campaign is fretting about the growing number of Republican women—both high-profile and regular voters—abandoning the GOP nominee. Trump also made headlines for a remark that critics say suggests that supporters of gun rights might take violent action again Hillary Clinton. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people—maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Emailgate goes on (and on). A new batch of emails released Tuesday is prompting questions about whether the Clinton Foundation—Hillary and Bill Clinton’s charity org—worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. New York Times

• Inside the Fox den. Vanity Fair‘s Sarah Ellison reports on what’s going on inside Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes’s resignation—quoting one source who says that findings of the internal investigation into his alleged sexual harassment of Gretchen Carlson could be worse than News Corp’s News of the World phone-hacking scandal.  Vanity Fair

Win some, lose some. Tuesday night was a mixed bag for female Olympians. The good news: U.S. women dominated team gymnastics, while swimmer Katie Ledecky earned her second gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle. The not-so-good: Serena Williams, the defending gold medalist in women’s tennis, was defeated by Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina, who is ranked 20th in the sport.

• Grappling with sexism. Meet Adeline Gray, a wrestler who is challenging our outdated stereotypes about women in combat sports—and possibly bringing home the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in women’s wrestling in the process. Fortune

• Irving’s insights. In the latest episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving talks to Fortune‘s Aaron Task about the way he’s reinvented the company’s image—steering away from the sexist marketing that once defined it—and the promise he made to his sister, who died in her 30s, to advance women in technology.   Fortune

Side of guac with your discrimination? Doris Garcia Hernandez, an ex-Chipotle employee, was reportedly awarded $550,000 in damages after a jury concluded that her former manager fired her because she was pregnant. This is just one of a number of discrimination claims made by female Chipotle workers this year. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Carla Newell has been named chief legal officer and general counsel of Ancestry. She was previously operating general partner at growth equity investor Technology Crossover Ventures.


• Pitcher pivots. Rhoda Pitcher, Lululemon’s longest serving board member, has resigned, according to an SEC filing. As you may recall, Pitcher was the subject of corporate mystery earlier this year, after The Street raised questions about whether she’s a real person. Spoiler: She is. Fortune

• The corner office catch. With Marissa Mayer in the final stretch of her Yahoo career, this Wall Street Journal story looks at how the CEO “embodies the particular challenge of being female and in charge.”  WSJ

• Ivanka to the rescue? As Donald Trump has careened off message recently, some of his supporters have used to Twitter to urge his daughter Ivanka—one his most trusted advisors—to get him back on track. USA Today

• Minding the farm. When Sam Beall, of prestigious Tennessee lodge Blackberry Farm, died in a freak skiing accident earlier this year, his wife Mary Celeste Beall took over as proprietor and president. Now, the future of the multimillion-dollar family business is in her hands.   New York Times

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Brandi Chastain leans on a new team for support  CBS News

Helen Delich Bentley, former Maryland Congresswoman, dies at 92  New York Times

7 questions the entertainment industry needs to answer about rape  Washington Post

Sorry, Ms. Jackson: You’re underrated. Control at 30.  New York Times


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