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The Broadsheet: September 1st

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Dilma Rousseff is officially out, a Big Law partner is suing over gender discrimination, and Twitter is still failing to protect users from harassment. Have a wonderful Thursday.


• Trolling is in the eye of the beholder. For about a week, a Twitter user who goes by handle @fredcarson915 has been barraging Medium software engineer Kelly Ellis with abusive tweets—including one saying that he wishes she would be raped. Ellis says that when she reported the messages, Twitter replied that the tweets did not violate the platform’s rules, which prohibit tweets involving violent threats, harassment, and hateful conduct.

This Buzzfeed story, which chronicles the relentless stream of misogyny that sprang from @fredcarson915’s fingertips, got a lot of attention yesterday, and according to a report published this morning, Twitter has since banned the account. Yet the incident is a vivid reminder of the abuse that women can face online—and the fact that Twitter and other social media platforms still have a long, long way to go when it comes to protecting their users.  Buzzfeed


• Rousseff’s last stand. Brazil’s Senate yesterday voted to remove Dilma Rousseff—the country’s first-ever female president—from office. The decision is the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Brazil’s economy and created deep rifts among its people. Rousseff, once a Marxist guerrilla, was formally accused of breaking fiscal laws in her management of the federal budget, though larger questions of corruption have loomed over the nation’s government for years.  Fortune

Above the law? Kerrie Campbell, a partner at Chadbourne & Parke, is suing the law firm, claiming that she was shut out of leadership positions and paid far less than her male peers. She is asking for $100 million on behalf of herself and other female partners. For context: According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, female partners routinely earn only 80% of what their male counterparts earn. New York Times

• Fab founders. This HuffPo list of 25 black founders “making moves in tech” features a number of must-watch women, including Proday CEO Sarah Kunst, Mercaris CEO Kellee James, and For Harriet editor-in-chief Kimberly Foster.  Huffington Post

• Dear moms, Love HRC. Hillary Clinton wrote yet another open letter intended to woo female voters—this time dedicated specifically to working mothers. In it, the Democratic nominee included examples of the kinds of policies she would enact if elected president, including raising the minimum wage, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and expanding access to health care.  PopSugar

• Minding mums. A group of British MPs has put forth a set of recommendations that would provide more protections for pregnant women and new parents in the workplace. Among the proposed changes: rules that would make it easier for those who feel they’ve been discriminated against to make a complaint. Fortune


• Turner’s legacy? With Brock Turner—the former Stanford student who served just three months for sexual assault—set to be released tomorrow, California lawmakers voted to mandate harsher penalties for similar assaults. New York Times

• Salary history is history. Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) are planning to introduce a bill that would prohibit U.S. employers from asking potential hires about their salary history. The law is similar to one that recently passed in Massachusetts and was hailed as a breakthrough for equal pay. Money

• Rei of light. Rei Kawakubo is expected to be the subject of a solo exhibition next spring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This would be only the second time in the institution’s history that it is devoting an exhibition to a living fashion designer. WWD

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Being pregnant has affected my job performance  Bloomberg

How Jennifer Garner went full “minivan majority” Buzzfeed

18 reasons Dolly Parton should be our next president  The Federalist

Gisele Bündchen is still the world’s highest-paid model Fortune


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