The Broadsheet: September 12th

September 12, 2016, 11:35 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Fortune MPW profiles of Samantha Bee and Ruth Porat are out, we learn more about the woman defending Roger Ailes, and Hillary Clinton has a no good, very bad weekend. Have a productive Monday.


 More MPW! We're continuing to roll out the powerful women-packed stories from our latest issue, with three fresh must-reads for you this morning:

Float like a butterfly... Fortune's Erin Griffith talks to Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal and my comedy hero. Bee talks about allowing her outrage to drive her work, committing to hire a diverse workforce, and, at age 46, entering her "don’t give a f**k” years."

Porat's moonshot? In this profile, senior writer Leena Rao explains why Wall Street vet Ruth Porat—no. 13 on our list of Most Powerful Women—is now CFO "at the center of a contentious struggle over Google's future."

Back-to-school reading. Valentina Zarya and I review two new books that take on gender in the workplace. I heartily recommend Jessica Bennett's Feminist Fight Club, which is packed with smart tactics for how to shut down all kinds of common workplace sexism. Val, meanwhile, weighs in on Joanne Lublin's Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, which features corporate war stories from HPE CEO Meg Whitman, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, former Yahoo chief Carol Bartz, and dozens of other big names.


 At least someone's happy it's Monday. It was a tough weekend for Hillary Clinton. First, she apologized for remarks she made at an LGBT fundraising event on Friday, when she said that "half" of Donald Trump’s supporters are in a “basket of deplorables.” In her mea culpa, she said she regrets the statement, but insists that she “won’t stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric” in the presidential campaign. Then, on Sunday, she abruptly left the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City, due to a bout of pneumonia—information that her campaign released after a video that appears to show her struggling to stand surfaced online. The episode is sure to increase pressure on the Democratic nominee to release her medical records.

Switching sides. This fascinating story examines the evolution of famed feminist legal scholar Susan Estrich. Author of the 1988 book Real Rape: How the Legal System Victimizes Women Who Say No, she was the first woman to manage a presidential campaign (Michael Dukakis in 1988) and the coiner of the phrase "nuts and sluts" to describe the campaign to discredit Anita Hill. Now, she's the chief defender of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. New York Times

 Just the facts, ma'am. Soledad O’Brien's premiere episode as anchor of weekly political talk show Matter of Fact debuted this weekend. She tells Fortune's Valentina Zarya that she hopes her show will reach a more diverse audience than other politics shows, which are "not talking to me," says O'Brien. "They’re talking to my dad, who’s an older white man." Fortune

 The B word. This New York Times pro-Clinton op-ed, titled "The Bitch America Needs," is blowing up my social media feeds. It's clear that some women are still not cool with the "B word," even when it's deployed as praise. New York Times

 Pretty smart. Fortune's Kia Kokalitcheva reports from the final event of Sephora Accelerate, the cosmetic retailer's business accelerator program, which consists of eight female-led beauty startups that are committed to a social cause. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: ESPN personality Sage Steele will become the lead host for an expanded SportsCenter on the Road initiative. Tegna CEO and president Gracia Martore is expected to retire in the first half of 2017.


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here's some of the best of what we heard last week.

The only woman in the room. Danielle du Toit, SVP of global customer success at Bullhorn, has spent more than a decade on a corporate board where she is the only female director. Here's what she learned from the experience.  Fortune

 See something, say something. How do you deal with sexism at work? Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, writes about the importance of not simply turning a blind eye.  Fortune


 New No 1. Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova to win the U.S. Open women's final on Saturday. She is now No. 1 in the world for the first time. Sports Illustrated

 If they build it... Last week, a group of teenage girls competed in the #BuiltByGirls Challenge, where they worked on projects designed to solve massive problems such as minimizing wasted food and preventing sexual assault on college campuses. The competition was organized by Built By Girls Ventures, a venture capital fund led by founding partner Susan Lyne. Fortune

 Conscious coupling. Gwyneth Paltrow discusses Goop Label, a fashion line debuting on today—and insists that reports that she's planning to leave the lifestyle brand are untrue: "I run this company. I’m here every day." New York Times

 Secretary Whitman? Fortune's Barb Darrow speculates on the chatter that HPE CEO and avowed Republican Meg Whitman—No. 7 on our MPW list—could end up with a cabinet post, such as Secretary of Commerce, in a Hillary Clinton administration. Fortune

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Greta Van Susteren: I regret supporting Roger Ailes  Fortune

Stop 'protecting' women from challenging work  Harvard Business Review

Marissa Mayer may get huge payout after Verizon acquisition  Fortune

Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes that fit American women. It's a disgrace  Washington Post


If you do your job well, someone is always going to call you a bitch, eventually.

Wisdom from a Wharton panel for and about women who worked in finance, according to moderator Elizabeth Spiers, founder of creative and research firm The Insurrection.