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The Broadsheet: August 24th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Female firefighters are in crisis, “returnships” are catching on in tech, and Martin Shkreli’s old company is accused of retaliating against an exec who filed a sexual assault complaint. Have a productive Wednesday.


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• More trouble at Turing. Nancy Retzlaff, chief commercial officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals, has filed a federal complaint against the company, accusing co-founder Edwin Urrutia of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room. Urrutia resigned from the company―which used to be led by “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli―after an internal investigation, says Retzlaff, which led the company leaders to retaliate against her. New York Times

• A return to form. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman has the scoop on a new “returnship” program being rolled out at GoDaddy, Instacart, Coursera, and several other tech companies. The employers are offering 18-week paid internships—which may lead to full-time gigs—for mid-career professionals who took some time off to care for children or other family members. Fortune

• Ring the alarm. After Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff hanged herself in April, other female firefighters are coming forward to talk about what they describe as a massive problem with sexual harassment, bullying, and sexism in their profession. Washington Post

• The cult of Fox News? Just two months after Gretchen Carlson’s suit, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed her own complaint against the network, claiming that she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes and was punished by his lieutenants for her complaints. Tantaros also alleges that Fox host Bill O’Reilly made unwelcome advances toward her and describes the company as operating “like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.” New York Times

• One pricey pen. Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the pricing policies of Mylan (led by CEO Heather Bresch), which has jacked up the cost of the EpiPen by 450% since 2004. Some parents say they’re concerned that they won’t be able to afford the potentially lifesaving medicine for their allergic kids who are heading back to school.

• Mind the gap. A new report reveals that women in the U.K. earn 18% less than men on average (very close to the size of the U.S. gap). It also reveals that the gap grows after the arrival of a British woman’s first child and is exacerbated when women step out of the labor force for a year or more. Discussion of the gap in British media has been criticized for being dominated by male pundits, who inadvertently seek out interviewees to argue the gap is a result of choices made by women, rather than structural inequality. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: A leadership change at 20th Century Fox will happen sooner than expected, with Jim Gianopulos stepping down as chairman and chief executive on Sept. 1 instead of next June, as previously announced. Stacey Snider, the studio’s co-chairwoman, will take his place.


• Lawrence’s loot. For the second year running, Jennifer Lawrence is the world’s highest-paid actress, pulling in $46 million before taxes over the past 12 months.  Fortune

You get what you pay for? New filings show that the Trump campaign paid Meredith McIver, the Trump Organization employee who wrote Melania Trump’s partially plagiarized RNC speech, all of $356.01 for her work on the remarks. Mother Jones

• She’s got drive. NASCAR has struggled to find successful women drivers. Now, all eyes are on Julia Landauer, who last year became the first woman to win a NASCAR track championship in the Limited Late Model division, and is currently the only female driver in the NASCAR Next program, which highlights future stars. New York Times

• Cookie’s cosmetics. Actress Taraji P. Henson is launching a makeup collaboration with MAC, expected to hit stores in September.  Time

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This is for the women personally victimized by their office AC  Huffington Post

Hillary Clinton’s Fight Song is driving some people nuts  Yahoo

Meet the woman who is trying to save Langston Hughes’s home   Fortune

The exact moment Amal Clooney realized she settled  New York Magazine


It’s time for women to say we are absolutely not going to participate in these systems anymore. We are absolutely going to fight back, make it public, do whatever you have to do.

Leslie Bennetts, one of 53 female journalists who told<em> Newsweek</em> about their experiences of workplace sexual harassment