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The Broadsheet: September 16th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Unilever has its eye on Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, rumors of a cabinet post for Sheryl Sandberg heat up, and Sandra Bland’s family reaches a settlement with Texas authorities. Have a peaceful weekend.


• A sorrowful settlement. Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, has reached a $1.9 million settlement with Texas authorities in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit. Bland died in the Waller County jail in July 2015, after originally being pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change. While, as Quartz notes, “there will be no serious consequences for any individuals implicated Bland’s death,” the settlement does includes significant changes to law enforcement practices, including an on-call nurse stationed at the jail for electronic cell checks. “People won’t be satisfied with just money,” Reed-Veal told Buzzfeed. “We need to make sure that they are making changes that will save lives.”


• Honestly up for grabs? Unilever is reportedly in talks to acquire Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. The companies are apparently discussing a deal valued at over $1 billion but significantly less than the $1.7 billion valuation that was placed on Honest in a fundraising round last year.  WSJ

• Guess who’s back? After her pneumonia-induced break from the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is back on the stump. At a stop in Greensboro, N.C. yesterday, she criticized Donald Trump’s newly-revealed childcare proposal for leaving out dads. Time

• Best job title ever. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced yesterday that the company has hired its first-ever chief equality officer, former Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard exec Tony Prophet. Prophet’s responsibilities will extend beyond diversifying the company’s workforce and will focus on fighting for human rights, with an emphasis on minority communities. Fortune

• Sandberg on the money? Politico reports on rising speculation that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg probably would accept the post of Treasury Secretary in a Clinton Administration. Politico

• Better late than never? None of the people and corporations referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution related to the 2008 financial crisis were prosecuted. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to know why. Fortune

• A broadcast for broads. On this week’s Broad Strokes, Valentina Zarya and I discuss Donald Trump’s childcare proposal, ways social media companies are trying to strike a balance between free speech and protecting users, and the lessons we can all learn from the women of the White House. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jen Wong has been promoted COO of Time Inc., publisher of BroadSheet. Wong has been with the company since December, overseeing digital operations.


• Tales from the top. Fortune‘s Nina Easton interviewed Most Powerful Women Nos. 1 and 2—GM CEO Mary Barra and Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi—at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both chiefs had some wise words about how to help women advance in the corporate world. Fortune

• Can’t beat the bargain. Treat yourself to this hilarious video where Kristen Bell introduces Pinksourcing, “where women are a bargain at the workplace, since you only have to pay them 77 cents on the dollar!” You will laugh—and then possibly cry… Huffington Post

• She’s got it covered. Thanks to a proposal submitted by Rayouf Alhumedhi, a 15-year-old Muslim girl living Germany, Apple may soon be getting a hijab emoji. Fortune

• Meet Murata. Here are four things to know about Renho Murata, the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan. Time

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Judge to woman in rape case: ‘Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?’  CNN

The conflicted feeling of women at the Hajj  New York Times

This eight-year-old is the youngest girl to skate in the Vans U.S. pro open series   Be-Street

How long is an actress on screen? A new tool finds the answer faster  New York Times


Even the women who seem Good or Bad at first glance tend to fragment into something more complicated and ambiguous if you look at them long enough.

Sady Doyle, author of<em> Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear…and Why</em>