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The Broadsheet: September 21st

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Brangelina is no more, Elizabeth Warren is angry at Wells Fargo’s CEO, and all the traffic in NYC this week could only mean one thing. Enjoy your Wednesday.


• Meetings of the minds. Between the UN General Assembly and Clinton Global Initiative both meeting yesterday in New York, there were a flurry of announcements that will, with any luck, have a significant impact on women worldwide:

As part of its No Ceilings project, the Clinton Foundation revealed a number of new corporate commitments from companies like Airbnb and Unilever—totaling more than $70 million—to invest in women.

At UN Women, the HeForShe movement unveiled its first “parity report.” The study is intended to track the progress that participants—in this case, ten universities—are making toward their longterm goals of recruiting more women at all levels, supporting women in STEM, and reducing sexual assault on campus.


• #Braxit. In case you missed this obscure piece of news: Angelina Jolie is filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. Or as one clever City A.M. editor put it, “London School of Economics lecturer to divorce actor husband.” While Twitter largely responded by flooding my feed with Jennifer Aniston GIFs (a reaction that was swiftly called out as being sexist), Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya opted to take a look at Laura Wasser, the celebrity divorce lawyer representing Jolie in the split. Meanwhile, John Kell speculated about who might end up with the couple’s French winery.

• Warren on the warpath. Elizabeth Warren went hard at Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during a Senate Banking Committee meeting yesterday. The Senator called the chief a “gutless leader,” said he should be criminally investigated, and accused him of pocketing $200 million from the bank’s massive fraud, which included opening as many as two million fake accounts without customer knowledge. Fortune

• Taking on Tolstedt. In more Wells Fargo fallout, The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at the role Carrie Tolstedt—the bank’s former head of retail operations—may have played in the scandal. WSJ

• A single question. There seems to be some confusion about whether unmarried mothers would be covered by Donald Trump’s maternity leave proposal. While a Trump spokesperson tells the Washington Post that single moms would indeed qualify, both the campaign website and a recent Ivanka Trump interview cite a marriage requirement Washington Post

• Clinton pens a plan. Meanwhile, the New York Times published an op-ed by Hillary Clinton this morning, in which the Democratic nominee outlines her plan to help the country’s poor. The plan’s key tenets include raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing equal pay for women, and increasing the availability of affordable housing through tax credits. New York Times

• GM’s gender split. With the June election of Jane Mendillo to GM’s board of directors, the Mary Barra-led automaker became—”without fanfare or indeed much notice”—the first major industrial corporation with an even gender split on its board.  Forbes

• If you’re feeling fancy and are in NYC this week, check out one of the “Women of Influence” events that Sotheby’s and Fortune have put together. Tonight, Fortune venture editor Lauren Covello will moderate a fashion panel featuring designer Nanette Lepore. Friday, our photography director Mia Diehl will host a discussion of women in the arts. Sotheby's


• No, you’re not crazy: Manterrupting is real. This story looks at academic research that finds women are in fact interrupted more often than men are. Harvard Business Review

• Venture abroad. While women account for only about 10% of investing partners in U.S. venture capital firms, the industry is more balanced in China. Bloomberg

• When play pays. Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Play—and one of Fortune‘s 2015 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs—just closed a $7 million Series A funding for her renewable energy tech startup. TechCrunch

• Kelly’s comic relief. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly will produce a new comedy show following a presidential campaign trail and the journalists who cover it. Big-name politicians are expected to cameo throughout the series. Variety

• On Wednesdays we wear pink. In this adaptation from her new book, Power Your Happy, PopSugar founder Lisa Sugar writes about how she created a “no mean girls” office culture. Money

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Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder of French Culinary Institute, has died  New York Times

Cosmo creates a ‘car for women’—and the Internet is seething  Ad Age

More women are buying that Apple Watch Series 2  Fast Company

Kate Moss is starting her own talent agency  Time


Don’t wait in line. You have to go out there and be bold. A lot of times, especially as Black women, we’re waiting and hoping someone will see us working hard.

Denise Horn, director of African-American Media for the Hillary Clinton campaign