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The Broadsheet: September 23rd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ruth Bader Ginsburg can do more push-ups than I can, Tory Burch wants employers to help workers vote, and Marissa Mayer gets hacked in a big, big way. Have a relaxing weekend.


• Yahoo boo-boo. It’s been a tough week for powerful (and formerly powerful) women in business. First it was Carrie Tolstedt, past head of retail operations for Wells Fargo, whose name has been coming up with increasing frequency in the investigation into the bank’s fraudulent sales practices. Then, on Wednesday, we watched lawmakers excoriate Mylan CEO Heather Bresch over the EpiPen pricing scandal.

Yesterday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer joined the public’s list of corporate personae non gratae, when her company confirmed that hackers had stolen data from at least 500 million users. The breach apparently took place in 2014—under Mayer’s watch—and included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. “This is the biggest data breach ever,” said cryptologist Bruce Schneier. What’s more, it could create a problem for Yahoo’s recent agreement to be acquired by Verizon for $4.8 billion.

Let’s hope next week goes better. In the meantime, don’t forget to change your password.


• Drop and give her 20. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Legal dynamo, women’s rights pioneer… gym rat? Speaking in New York this week, the Notorious R.B.G revealed that she does 20 push-ups a day—and talked about gender bias, her fellow justices, and the future of the Court. Fortune

• #TimeOffToVote. Tory Burch writes about why her company is giving employees time off to vote on Election Day, adding: “We call on our fellow corporate citizens to do the same.” WSJ

• Can he moderate a debate? Start your Friday off right with this video of Hillary Clinton on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, where a hilariously hapless Zach Galifianakis grills Clinton about where she gets her pantsuits (he wants to dress like a “librarian from outer space”), what happens if she gets pregnant in office, and how to stay in touch (“What’s the best way to reach you? Email?”). Fortune

• Fair play. After the WNBA’s entire Indian Fever team and two Phoenix Mercury players knelt during the national anthem preceding their playoff game, the league came out in (tepid) support of their protest, a shift from its previous response, which included fines. Fortune

Family-friendly finance? Private equity firm KKR & Co. is undertaking an experiment intended to make the company more family-friendly, offering new parents an unusually generous package of benefits. One example: Paying to fly nannies and infants on business trips during the baby’s first year. WSJ

• From burnout to Brangelina. On this week’s Broad Strokes, Valentina and I discuss coverage of the Brangelina split, research finding that women may not think climbing to the top of the corporate ladder is worth it, and the slew of new gender equality pledges. Fortune


• Beyond the Kelly File. Megyn Kelly’s latest non-news project—she announced she will be producing a political comedy show—makes one thing very clear: She intends to stretch her brand beyond the confines of “Fox New anchor.” Will that expansion ultimately lead to a true break with Fox? Fortune

• Sasha Fierce to CEO. This WSJ story looks at how Beyoncé is moving away from her on-stage role and putting more emphasis on behind-the-scenes projects: “Investing in young firms, guiding new acts, producing and directing videos”—a trend Fortune also picked up on when we added her to our Most Powerful Women list. WSJ

• Running with cover. The latest issue of Women’s Running features Rahaf Khatib, a runner who created the Instagram account Run Like a Hijabi to help debunk stereotypes about Muslim women. The magazine says she is the first Hijabi woman to grace the cover of a health or fitness magazine in the U.S. AdWeek

• Investing in women. With $560 million in assets now pegged to gender investing products, Bloomberg investigates just how much a female CEO adds to market returns. Bloomberg

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The women of Atenco  New York Times

Inside the final days of Roger Ailes’ reign at Fox News   Vanity Fair

Russian hackers are suspected of leaking Michelle Obama’s passport online  Fortune

Sarah Jessica Parker, leaving Carrie behind with HBO’s Divorce   New York Times


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