The Broadsheet: September 19th


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. The Emmys were all about diversity, Harley Quinn gets her own movie, and Melania Trump comes out of hiding. Have a great Monday.


Women directors win EmmysDiversity was top of mind at last night's Emmy awards, which have been called the most diverse in history and easily cleared the low bar set by the 2016 Oscars. As host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out last night: “The only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity.”

It was a particularly big night for female directors, two of whom took home awards: Susanne Bier for the limited series The Night Manager and Jill Soloway for her comedy Transparent. (Soloway ended her acceptance speech with “Topple the patriarchy!”) This was the fourth year in a row that a woman has won the Emmy for best director in a comedy series.

Viewers and stars alike were also quick to call out and dismiss sexist questions from the media, notably from red carpet resident host Giuliana Rancic, who asked celebrity moms—and only moms—how they manage to "balance it all." When Rancic asked Amy Schumer who she was wearing, the comedian responded with: "Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes, and an O.B. tampon!"

While last night was a historic evening in some respects, it's too soon to celebrate. The Guardian's analysis of gender diversity behind the scenes found that women directed just 30.4% of episodes and earned just 23.2% of writing credits, 7.1% of cinematography credits and 34.3% of editing credits for the nominated shows.


Anyone but her. According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a broad majority of voters (of both genders) say they are happy to see a woman’s name on the ballot as a major party’s nominee for president, but half of them say they would have preferred that that first woman not be Hillary Clinton. New York Times

Most powerful alumnae. Of the 51 women on the 2016 MPW list, nearly 20% graduated from Harvard University. But the Ivy League isn't the sole ticket to the top: only seven women on our list went to one of the elite eight as an undergraduate. Fortune

 An overdue first. If Democrat Denise Juneau scores an upset win in November for Montana’s only U.S. House seat, she will become the first Native American woman ever to serve in Congress. The Guardian

 Sweet talk. On this week's episode of Fortune Unfiltered, digital editor Aaron Task sits down with Accenture North America Group CEO Julie Sweet, a newcomer to this year's list of Most Powerful Women. Listen to the podcast here:  Fortune

Working moms' win. No matter what you think about Trump or Clinton's proposed family leave plans, the fact that they have created policies at all is a huge win for working mothers, writes ThinkProgress's Bryce Covert. "This presidential race has become, at least in part, a debate over how best to help you balance work and home, not whether you should be working at all." New York Times


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.

It's not the destination. Aiming for the C-suite isn't always the best idea, writes Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn. Here's why.  Fortune

Where the ladder leads. Lindsay Pattison, global CEO of Maxus, writes about what she wished she had known about climbing the corporate ladder.  Fortune

Success isn't instant. Here's why taking the lower paying job you love is worth it, writes Amber Theoharis, an Emmy Award-winning sports journalist and host for the NFL Network. Fortune


 Maria makes moves. Once a supporter of Vladimir Putin, Maria Baronova became the face of Russia's grassroots political opposition movement five years ago. Now, the 32-year-old is a candidate for Parliament (running as an independent because no party would back her). Time

Where is Melania? Until last week, the last image we had of Melania Trump was onstage during the RNC in Cleveland, way back in July. Where has she been all this time? Vanity Fair

Harley goes solo. Margot Robbie has reportedly signed with Warner Bros. for a Harley Quinn solo-film which she will executive produce. Hollywood Reporter

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