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The Broadsheet: September 13th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Hillary Clinton’s campaign vows to cough up more info about her health, Home Depot’s Ann-Marie Campbell has a big job ahead of her, and Apple tries to pass “a Canadian” off as diversity. Enjoy your Tuesday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Mic takes a bite out of Apple. Apple’s diversity—or rather its lack thereof—is back in the headlines thanks to a email exchange between a company spokesperson and Mic reporter Melanie Ehrenkranz. After Ehrenkranz wrote a post criticizing the lack of women on stage at the iPhone 7 launch event, the company responded by noting that the company had put forth “a gay man, two African-Americans, a Canadian and a British woman.” The reporter then published the email containing Apple’s tone-deaf defense—much to the company’s dismay.

While I think it’s unfair to assume that one person—even one person who is paid to speak for the company—can be assumed to represent the attitude of an entire business, I believe that Apple’s response tells us something about the way that some organizations see diversity as nothing more than a box to be checked. While most companies are now savvy enough to at least pay lip service to the importance of hiring and promoting women and people of color, the glacial pace of progress on those fronts illustrates that it’s not always treated as a true priority. So, while it may be insulting to see “a Canadian” trotted out as proof that Apple is more than white, straight, American dudes (no offense to our Northern neighbors!), it’s a good reminder that we shouldn’t assume everyone gets it. And until that changes, there’s still work to do.  Fortune

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Hill’s health? Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it will release more medical information about the candidate this week. Clinton herself told CNN Monday night that she’s “met a high standard of transparency” about her health and didn’t think the pneumonia was “going to be that big a deal.” The Democratic nominee also took the opportunity to point out that Donald Trump also has yet to release his medical records: “It’s really past time for him to be held to the same standards, not just as me, but as anybody else who has sought this job.” CNN

• Sandberg says sorry. Facebook officially apologized for removing a historic Vietnam war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack from accounts earlier this week (it had done so on the grounds that it violated restrictions on nudity). It was reinstated after Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg accused Facebook of censorship and of editing history. “These are difficult decisions and we don’t always get it right,” wrote Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a letter to Solberg. The Guardian

• Meet AMC. Ann-Marie Campbell, Home ­Depot’s new head of U.S. stores and No. 20 on our Most Powerful Women list, got her start with the company 31 years ago as a part-time cashier. Now, the Jamaican immigrant is tasked with wringing more sales out of her stores—despite the uncertain retail environment—and making sure that Home Depot’s human sales associates and its e-tail platform work together. Fortune

• Tolstedt’s take home. Fortune‘s Steven Gandel reports that when Carrie Tolstedt, Wells Fargo’s former head of Community Banking, retires from the bank later this year, she is expected to walk away with a $124.6 million payday. That’s despite the fact that Tolstedt—a former Most Powerful Woman who announced her retirement in July—heads up a business where bank employees opened more than two million largely unauthorized customer accounts, leading to a record government fine and thousands of employee firings.  Fortune

Power, unfiltered. Fortune Unfiltered, our new podcast, continues to feature some of our favorite powerful women. In a new episode that dropped earlier this week, Susan Lyne—formerly of AOL, Gilt Groupe, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia—discusses Built By Girls Ventures, her investment fund for women-led startups, and tells Task about deciding to hide her pregnancy for five months because she feared for her job.  iTunes

• Fed fracas. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard in a speech Monday recommended continued “prudence” in tightening monetary policy. Her comments reinforce expectations that the Fed will not raise its benchmark interest rate when its policy-making committee meets later this month. Meanwhile, Donald Trump attacked Fed chair Janet Yellen yesterday on CNBC, saying that she’s keeping rates low “because she’s obviously political and doing what Obama wants her to do.”  New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Dame Minouche Shafik is stepping down as deputy governor of the Bank of England in February 2017, two years before her contract expires. She will become director of the London School of Economics in September of 2017, the first woman to hold that position. Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe has been appointed CEO of the International Women’s Forum. She was previously chief communications officer for CTIA – The Wireless Association and EVP for communications at the American Bankers Association. 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

A pretty picture. Instagram is taking a step forward in the war to combat online harassment: The photo platform will now let users filter comments using words they themselves find offensive. Fortune

• China gets powerful. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman takes a closer look at the geographic distribution of our Most Powerful Women International list, finding that China—home to 13 of the 50 execs—dominates. Fortune

• USA! USA! Team U.S. athletes Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz, and Melissa Stockwell swept the women’s Paralympic triathlon. Time 

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ON MY RADAR

Michelle Obama brings voter trust to Hillary Clinton’s campaign  New York Times

Abby Wambach says DUI arrest ‘humiliated’ her enough to stop drug abuse  Time

Anita Sarkeesian: We need to teach history that includes women  Motto

Report: Hillary Clinton talks like a man  Fast Company

QUOTE

I’m a woman, I like clothes. I like shoes, I like clothes. It’s one of the challenges, I think, for women in politics, in business, in all areas of working life, is actually to be ourselves, and to say, ‘You know what, you can be clever and like clothes. You can have a career and like clothes. These are not separate.'

British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose fashion sense has been a source of media fascination