The Broadsheet: August 31st

August 31, 2016, 11:41 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Elizabeth Holmes punts on her Zika test, Simone Biles breaks with her longtime coach, and Hillary’s top techie talks. Enjoy your Wednesday.


 On board with tech. According to new research from Accenture, female members of corporate boards are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to have professional technology experience—which the study defined as either holding a key tech position (such as CTO or CIO) or having senior-level responsibility at a technology company. In the U.S., 26% of female board members have tech experience, vs. 17% of men.

While it's worth mentioning that the size sample of female directors is (unfortunately) relatively small, this research suggests that, in a world where every company is on some level a tech company, gaining technical skills and experience may be your best bet. If nothing else, let's think of this as yet another reason why we need to focus our energy on encouraging girls in STEM—in the classroom, but also throughout their careers.  Fortune


 Theranos gets bitten. In the latest setback for Elizabeth Holmes' blood-testing company, Theranos has withdrawn its request for emergency clearance of a Zika blood test, after federal regulators found that the company didn’t include proper patient safeguards in a study of the new product. WSJ

 Angela's Apple makeover. Angela Ahrendts—the former Burberry CEO who became Apple's retail chief in 2014—talks to Fortune about her plans for the tech giant's iconic stores. “We are reinventing the role our stores and employees play in the community,” says Ahrendts, who appeared at No. 16 on Fortune's 2015 list of Most Powerful Women. “We want to be more like a town square, where the best of Apple comes together and everyone is welcome.” Fortune

 Endless emails. The State Department says about 30 emails recovered during the FBI's now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server relate to the 2012 Benghazi attack.  Time

 Nguyen on the rise. After surviving a rape in 2013, Amanda Nguyen founded Rise, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of survivors. She and her organization have worked to help introduce two bills dedicated to protecting the legal rights of sexual assault victims: One in Massachusetts (where she was raped) and a federal bill, which passed unanimously through the Senate and is expected to reach the House in September.  People

 Clinton's tech whisperer. Stephanie Hannon, chief technology officer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, talked in a ProductHunt Q&A about how she put together a team of about 40% women, why the campaign relies on Slack, and when they plan to roll out an Android app for volunteers. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: David’s Bridal CEO Pam Wallack has stepped down.


 Whitman hits the stump. HPE CEO Meg Whitman, a well-known Republican who backed Chris Christie for president during the primaries, made waves earlier this month when she came out in favor of Hillary Clinton. Now Whitman is putting her time where her mouth is, campaigning for Clinton in Denver yesterday. Fortune

 Showing their work. Here's an excerpt from the forthcoming book Hidden Figures, which tells the story of how a group of black female mathematicians helped NASA win the space race. A related movie will be released in January 2017.  New York Magazine

 Biles says bye. Simone Biles has parted ways with Aimee Boorman, who has been her mentor and gymnastics coach for the past 11 years.  People

 Fashion's vote. Elie Tahari's new fall campaign, titled “Madam President,” features a model posing behind the desk in the Oval Office, speaking from behind a lectern with the presidential seal, and taking a walk-and-talk briefing while surrounded by the Secret Service. New York Times

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Victim in New Hampshire prep school sexual assault case speaks out  Today

Old Navy Ghostbusters toddler shirts remind us that sexism starts young  Mashable

French PM suggests naked breasts represent France better than a headscarf  The Guardian

Chinese women head oversees to freeze their eggs  New York Times


Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

Mary Shelley's <em>Frankenstein. </em>Shelley would have been 219 on Tuesday

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