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The Broadsheet: August 25th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Leslie Jones has another awful day on the Internet, FLOTUS goes pop, and we get some fascinating insight into why women abandon engineering. Have a wonderful Thursday.


Take your own notes, buddy. Why do so many women—up to 40%—who study engineering either quit or never actually take an engineering job? A new study finds that young female engineers often are relegated to managerial and secretarial tasks and excluded from “real” engineering work. The sidelining starts in school—via professors and male classmates—and continues in the workplace. Not surprisingly, this behavior often erodes women engineers’ confidence in their hard skills and may lead them to question their choice of career.  Fortune


Leave Leslie alone! Online trolls continue to harass comedian Leslie Jones: A hacker got access to her private files—including nude photos—and posted them to her website. TMZ

Ask the experts. Noting the lack of women sitting on panels or being quoted in articles about government hacking and technology policy, Lawfare put together a long and impressive list of women who are experts in “issues at intersections of technology, the law, privacy, civil liberties, and national security.”  Lawfare

Long time, first time. Heather McGhee, president of the liberal think tank Demos, was in the midst of a typical C-Span appearance when a caller asked her to “help [him] change [his] mind about some things,” adding: “I am a white male, and I am prejudiced.” Her advice might make you feel a little better about the state of humanity. Fortune

FLOTUS goes pop. In this Variety cover story, First Lady Michelle Obama talks about how she’s tried to harness the power of pop culture to advocate for the causes she cares about.  Variety

A golden opportunity? An analysis of Olympic medals won since 1948 finds that the success of women can be tied to the opportunities available in their home countries.  New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former ESPN executive Betsie Batista has joined Variety Latino as national sales director. Veteran New York Times pollsters Megan Thee-Brenan and Dalia Sussman are leaving the publication at the end of the year.


Chelsea’s on board. Chelsea Clinton plans to remain on the board of the Clinton Foundation if her mom is elected president. Though it’s unclear whether she would continue to raise money for the organization, the decision raises questions about potential conflicts of interest. WSJ

 • Hijab on horseback. In stark contrast to the “burkini” crackdown in France, Canada’s national police force recently changed its policy to allow women officers to wear the hijab, a shift “intended to better reflect the diversity of Canada and to encourage more Muslim women to consider a career with the force.” New York Times

Blonde ambition. A stunning 48% of female CEOs at S&P 500 companies and 35% of female senators are blonde (vs. just 5% of the white population in the U.S.). Why? According to the Huffington Post‘s Emily Peck, the answer goes back to that old stereotype of the “dumb blonde.” Huffington Post

If you build it, the trolls will come. This Wall Street Journal story digs into why it’s so difficult for Twitter to put a stop to harassment on its platform. WSJ

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You’re not alone, Tyra—these famous women have all taught college courses Fortune

Colbert finally diagnoses Hillary Clinton: She’s got “chronic no-penis” Vanity Fair

Mass lesbian farm infiltration is Obama’s best scheme yet   New York Magazine

Raising money for Clinton, Cher sounds off  New York Times


It's so boring when people talk about what they're going to do, or what they might do, or the thing that they want to do... It's so much more interesting when you just <em>do</em> it and say, 'Here it is.'

Actress Renee Zellweger