The Broadsheet: September 15th

September 15, 2016, 11:59 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Fortune reveals the 100 best workplaces for women, I am in awe of Safra Catz’s earning power, and White House women show the rest of us how it’s done. Have a wonderful Thursday.


 Shine on. This Washington Post story—which has been burning up my social feeds—looks at how, in the early days of President Obama's administration, female staffers had a tough time breaking into the White House's inner circle. So they decided to band together and come up with a system for helping one another be heard. In meetings, when one woman proposed an idea, another one would repeat it—amplifying her message—and publicly credit her with the thought, making it tougher for a male staffer to co-opt later. Guess what: It worked.

I love this for a couple reasons. To begin with, it reveals that even women working in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have to deal with things like with getting left out of key meetings or seeing their ideas ignored. Then there's the way it reminds us of something we've known (at least) since the 70s: Sisterhood is powerful. Women can—and do—help each other day.  Washington Post


 Resumés at the ready. Fortune's annual list of the 100 best workplaces for women is live and packed with employers that offer great benefits and a level playing field. No. 1 on this year's list is Texas Health Resources, a nonprofit hospital operator. Fortune

 Leave that leaves us wanting. Fortune's Claire Zillman puts the presidential candidates' maternity leave proposals in a global context by comparing them to policies of other OECD countries. What do Trump and Clinton's plans have in common? Under both, the U.S. would still lag most of the developed world. Fortune

 Ulta goes ultra. Ulta CEO Mary Dillion has grown the beauty retailer into a juggernaut, boosting its stock by more than 250% since she took the top job in 2013. Now she faces a new challenge: to redefine the company, "making its image more about customer experience and convenience, less about coupons." Fortune

 Women invest in women. Fortune's Valentina Zarya gets the scoop on women-focused digital investment platform Ellevest, which has raised a second, $9 million round of funding—much of it from women. Notable female backers of the Sallie Krawcheck-founded startup include tennis pro Venus Williams, Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, and Aspect Ventures co-founder Theresia Gouw. Fortune

 Catz cashes in. Being a co-CEO can't be easy, but at least it's well-paid: Safra Catz, who shares the post of Oracle chief with Mark Hurd, is the top earner on this year's Most Powerful Women list, earning $53.2 million in 2015. Fortune

 Something rotten at Apple? Mic's Melanie Ehrenkranz —the same reporter who called out Apple's lack of diversity at the iPhone 7 launch—has received a number of emails from current and former Apple employees, alleging that they experienced workplace hostility ranging from rape jokes to ignored safety issues while at the company. Mic

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Robotics pioneer Helen Greiner—best known as the co-founder of Roomba maker iRobot—is stepping down as CEO of CyPhyWorks, the drone company she founded back in 2008. She will move into a chief technical officer role.


  Ivanka all talk? Ivanka Trump had a few hiccups with the media yesterday. First, The Huffington Post fact-checked her claim that the Trump Organization provides all of its employees with paid maternity leave and found that, well, it doesn't. Employees at a few properties said that the company allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off (in accordance with federal law). Then, she cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan once the reporter asked about her father's misogynistic comments about women, calling the question negative.

 SAP takes it to the EDGE. While most tech companies use internal data to report on their diversity efforts, enterprise software giant SAP has gone a step further, undergoing an independent audit—and earning the rare EDGE designation for global commitment to a diverse workforce. Fortune

 A terrific trend. If Japanese Parliamentarian Renho Murata wins a leadership contest on Thursday—as she is expected to do—she will become the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party and the third woman to assume a high-profile political post in Japan in less than two months.  New York Times

 One step forward, one step back. British tabloid the Daily Mail took it upon itself to "mom-shame" Chelsea Clinton, who was campaigning in North Carolina, for missing her daughter Charlotte’s first day of school. Slate

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Hillary Clinton releases details from her medical exam  Bloomberg

Grace Coddington looks back at her Vogue years in a new book  New York Times

Lack of diversity won't be a problem at this year's Emmy awards  Fortune

Why more women than ever are putting off retirement  Bloomberg


As a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge, is a historic moment.

Carla Hayden, the first woman and African-American to head the Library of Congress

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