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The Broadsheet: August 22nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. The Olympic Games are officially over, Tyra Banks is heading to Stanford, and Bill Clinton is baking cookies. Have a great Monday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

The real Olympic winners. Last night’s closing ceremony marked the official ending of this summer’s Olympic Games, which, despite the plethora of sexist media coverage and online harassment of female athletes, included many wins for American women.

There were an extraordinary number of record breakers, including Simone Biles, the first American to win gold on the vault and the first American gymnast to win four gold medals in a single Games; Kayla Harrison, the first American to win consecutive gold medals in judo; and Simone Manuel, the first African-American to win an individual gold medal in swimming. (And many, many others.)

There also were more subtle victories, including:

Airtime: Women got an unprecedented amount of media coverage, at least in the first half of the Games: 58.5% of prime-time media coverage, compared with 41.5% for men. This is a major reversal of previous Olympics, during which men typically got far more coverage than women.

Ladybragging: The Atlantic’s Megan Garber comments on female Olympians’ “ladybragging,” or the way in which they shared joy over their victories. “[Female athletes] have refused, tweet by tweet and snap by snap, to tolerate any notion that pride itself, when felt by a woman, might be something to be ashamed of.”

Shine theory: There also have been plenty of positive examples of the “shine theory”—or the idea that when powerful women help and support other women, everyone wins. New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin is a perfect example of this, having helped Team USA’s Abbey D’Agostino cross the finish line when the American was unable to run after accidentally clipping Hamblin’s heel.

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• I’m not laughing. After comedian Aaron Glaser was accused of rape by multiple women and banned from a comedy venue in New York City, a number of prominent male comics—including Amy Schumer collaborator Kurt Metzger—reacted with rape jokes and asked why the victims didn’t go to the police. Unfortunately, Metzger’s reaction is a symptom of a larger problem in the community, reports New York Magazine‘s Emily McCombs, who spoke to a dozen women in comedy and found that “every one of them had a story to tell about inappropriate conduct by a male comic.” New York Magazine

Sweet strategy. PepsiCo, led by CEO Indra Nooyi, declared a decade ago that it wanted to start focusing on healthier products, including foods and beverages that would reduce consumer exposure to salt, saturated fats, and sugar. So how is it doing?  Fortune

No retirement for RBG. Legal website Above the Law reports that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has hired four clerks to assist her through June 2018, leading the legal community to believe that the 83-year-old has no plans to retire anytime soon.  Above the Law

• Banks does B-school. Tyra Banks will be co-teaching a class on creating and protecting a personal brand at Stanford’s business school next semester. Fortune

Breadwinning broads. According to a new study of heterosexual American couples, both men and women are happier and healthier when women are the primary breadwinners. One explanation: Women are more inclined to take high-pressure jobs they enjoy, while men might accept high-paying jobs out of a feeling of obligation. Washington Post

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Mary Ann Deignan, co-head of global equity capital markets at Bank of America, is reportedly leaving the firm to join Lazard.

MPW INSIDER MONDAYS

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.

Fake it ’til you make it. Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group, recounts an episode where she gave a presentation that she knew nothing about. Here’s what the experience taught her about confidence. Fortune

Let’s talk about sexism. Deanne Bell, co-host of CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor and CEO of Future Engineers, shares some of her experiences with workplace sexism—and the surprising lessons she learned from them. Fortune

Follow her lead. Here’s what every aspiring female CEO can learn from Hillary Clinton, writes Erin Ganju, CEO and co-founder of Room to Read.  Fortune

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Explaining emailgate. On Friday, a federal judge ordered Hillary Clinton to provide written testimony about why she set up a private computer server to send and receive emails while Secretary of State. New York Times

 Of course they do. A new survey found that more than half (56%) of men think that “obstacles that made it harder for women to get ahead are largely gone.” Among women surveyed, only 34% agreed that sexism was mostly a thing of the past. Slate

 More Clinton cookies. Remember Hillary Clinton’s infamous 1992 “cookie” comment? (“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.”) Those words were the original inspiration for Family Circle‘s Presidential Cookie Poll, a bake-off between presidential contenders’ spouses that has since become a campaign tradition. While many see the contest as sexist, there’s something to be said for Bill Clinton being the one to provide a cookie recipe this year—though he’s actually reusing the one his wife submitted over two decades ago. You can vote for his or Melania Trump’s cookies here: Family Circle

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ON MY RADAR

Fu Yuanhui teaches China to relax at the Olympics New Yorker

4 black women on making the art world more inclusive New York Magazine

Rediscovering the radical feminism of the Neo Naturists Artsy

In concert, Adele talks nearly as much as she sings WSJ

QUOTE

You don’t see a lot of black leads in love stories, and you definitely don’t see a lot of walk and talks with black people.

Actress Tika Sumpter, on playing the future First Lady Michelle Obama in <em>Southside With You</em>