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The Broadsheet: August 23rd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton’s email woes continue, Melania Trump gets litigious, and I ponder what Kobe Bryant’s new VC firm means for women. Enjoy your Tuesday.


• VC’s women woes. Venture capital’s relationship with women just got a little more complicated.

Yesterday, retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant launched a $100 million VC fund. Called Bryant Stibel, the venture is a partnership with Dun & Bradstreet vice chairman Jeff Stibel. According to the WSJ, the pair has already invested in 15 companies since 2013, but is now making the partnership official.

So, what does this have to do with women?

Think back to 2003, when a 19-year-old employee of Colorado’s Lodge & Spa at Cordillera accused Bryant of choking her, raping her, and then pressuring her to remain silent about the ordeal. The basketball star, who at first denied any sexual contact with his accuser, eventually argued that the encounter was consensual.

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• Inbox zero. Hillary Clinton took a one-two punch on the email front yesterday. Messages obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch show a Clinton Foundation official seeking access to Clinton—then Secretary of State—on behalf of donors. Separately, a federal judge ordered the State Department to provide a timetable for releasing 15,000 new emails uncovered during the FBI investigation of Clinton’s personal email server, which means the messages could be released just weeks before election day.

• Gunning for the girls. In other Clinton news, the Democrat’s campaign has doubled down on efforts to attract young female voters. Hillary wrote a piece for Refinery29 about some of the young women she’s met during the campaign, while an affiliated organization unveiled a number of snarky anti-Trump native ads on BuzzFeed (including a quiz titled  “Hey, Ladies: What Does Donald Trump Want to Do to You?”).

• Becoming Cindy. AdAge tells the story of how Lucinda Lee became Cindy Gallop—the former ad exec and founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.  AdAge

Check-in with a change-maker. In 2010, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent set an ambitious goal for his company: Turn five million mostly impoverished women into entrepreneurs within 10 years. Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya takes a look at Coke’s progress at the halfway mark.  Fortune

• Nailing the Mail? Melania Trump is suing The Daily Mail and other publications for defamation, claiming that they published false information about her acting as an “escort” during the 1990s. (Her lawyer, Charles Harder, recently represented Hulk Hogan in his successful suit against Gawker.) Meanwhile, Racked digs into what happened to the would-be First Lady’s failed skincare line.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kristin van Ogtrop, who has served as Real Simple‘s editor in chief for the past 13 years, is leaving the brand and its parent company Time Inc. (also Fortune‘s parent). Michelle Tan, editor in chief of Seventeen, has been let go after about two years in the job. She reportedly was notified of the move while still on maternity leave.


• Alba wants to do your hair. Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. takes another big step into the beauty industry, launching a new line of haircare products.  Fortune

Deal or no deal? Looks like the Redstone civil war may not be over after all: Sumner’s granddaughter Keryn Redstone has filed a court complaint requesting access to the agreement that led to Philippe Dauman’s recent exit as Viacom CEO. Deadline

• Minding mums. British women are increasingly concerned about facing workplace backlash related to taking maternity leave. U.K. nonprofit Citizens Advice says it’s seen a spike in the number of people visiting its pregnancy discrimination advice pages and asking for in-person consultations on the issue.  Fortune

• Meet Ironheart. This fall, Tony Stark will step down as Iron Man and bequeath his role to a young, African-American woman named Riri Williams. Now, Marvel has released the name of Williams’ super powered alter ego: Ironheart. Wired

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Can virtual reality help close the gender pay gap?  Quartz

How Barbra Streisand got Tim Cook to fix Siri for her  Fortune

Anne of Green Gables TV adaptation picked up at Netflix  The Hollywood Reporter

Abbey Agostino, Nikki Hamblin get sportsmanship award from the IOC  Boston Globe


Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean?

Helen Mirren, responding to a sexist question in a recently-unearthed 1975 TV interview