The Broadsheet: September 26th

September 26, 2016, 11:39 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Marissa Mayer is under even more pressure, Michelle Obama gives the nation a hug, and tonight’s the big political night. Plus: I’m moderating an Advertising Week panel today in New York on tactics for improving diversity—details are here if you’d like to come. Have a productive Monday.


 No debate about it. Where will you be at 9 pm ET tonight? For an estimated 100 million people—myself included—the answer is obvious: parked in front of a TV for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The stakes are very, very high—a new poll finds that 34% of registered voters say the debates will be "extremely or quite important" to their decision about who gets their vote.

In addition to how the candidates talk about the issues, I'll be watching for the ways in which reactions to Clinton's performance are colored by the fact that she's female. For a primer on how women's non-verbal communication—such as facial expression and emotional tone—are judged differently than men's, check out this fascinating piece by Northeastern University psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett.


 Mayer's mess. Fallout from the massive Yahoo hack continues. The Marissa Mayer-led company is under intense pressure to provide a clear, detailed timeline about when it was made aware of the breach—something it has not yet done. Meanwhile, New York resident Ronald Schwartz has sued Yahoo on behalf of all U.S. users whose personal information was compromised. And how the hack will affect its deal with Verizon is still an open question.

 Not rare enough. Betty Jo Shelby, the Tulsa, Okla. policewoman who has been indicted on a first-degree manslaughter charge for shooting Terence Crutcher when he had his hands in the air, is the rare female officer to fire a deadly shot. One analysis finds that, of the 77 police charged with manslaughter or murder for an on-duty shooting since 2005, only three (including Officer Shelby) were women.   New York Times

Where are the Donna Drapers? Last month, Saatchi & Saatchi executive chairman Kevin Roberts stepped down after a controversial interview in which he said that women lack “vertical ambition." A new study by research firm Future Foundation, released just in time for Advertising Week, suggests that he might not have been entirely wrong: Just 11% of female ad executives said they want to be a CEO, president, or founder—compared to 29% of men. Fortune

 The skinny on Grubhub. Food delivery service Grubhub has a perfectly gender-balanced executive team—and nearly 50/50 representation of men and women throughout the company. CEO Matt Maloney talks to Fortune's Valentina Zarya about how it got that way. Fortune

 Hugging it out. At a time when our political divide seems all but unbridgeable, this photo of Michelle Obama hugging President George W. Bush at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will give you some much-needed warm fuzzies. Mashable

 Watch and weep. In the run-up to tonight's debate, the Clinton campaign released a powerful new ad revisiting some of the many misogynist remarks Trump has made over the years. Watch it here: Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jane Pauley will replace Charles Osgood as the anchor of the CBS show Sunday Morning. Heidi Cruz, who left Goldman Sachs last year to campaign with her husband Ted Cruz, is returning to the bank in a newly-created role where she will concentrate on helping win new clients and focusing on strategic relationships. Nairi Hourdajian, Uber's veteran director of communications, is stepping down to join venture firm Canaan Partners as the vice president of communications. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says that Linda K. Zecher has resigned from her position as president and CEO.


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.

Remember where you came from. As you climb the corporate ladder, don't forget to stop and take a look behind you every so often, says Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance. "Doing so will not only help you see the bigger picture of what’s around you, but also enable you to be humble, and recognize those who are following your lead." Fortune

 Everyone's a critic. Renae Scott, CMO of Togo’s Eateries, writes about learning to recognize the difference between destructive criticism and constructive feedback. The latter is "breaking your vision down so you may build it into something stronger."  Fortune


 Tailor-made solution? As part of its series on "India's Missing Women," the New York Times looks at a government program that is recruiting rural Indian women to become trainee tailors in a Bangalore factory.  New York Times

 Women of influence. Bloomberg's list of the "most influential people in finance" features a slew of powerful women, including British PM Theresa May, GM CEO Mary Barra, and Digital Asset Holdings CEO Blythe Masters. Bloomberg

The new nude. This story looks at how lingerie brands Naja and Nubian Skin, as well as some nail polish, hosiery, and shoe makers, are trying to redefine the way we think about "nude" products, offering fresh options for women of color. Racked

 Females on the field. The NFL has appointed Sam Rapoport, a longtime league employee and former women’s professional football player, as its new director of football development. She is tasked with identifying and developing women who are qualified to hold on-field positions in the NFL. Fox Business

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High school boys team forfeits rather than risk losing to girls  Deadspin

13 women testifying against Bill Cosby... if the court lets them  New York Times

A good night's sleep may reduce the risk of breast cancer  Fortune

Lupita Nyong'o on the real story behind her new film Queen of Katwe  Washington Post


At many events where I am speaking about feminism, young women ask how they can comport themselves so they aren’t perceived as angry while they practice their feminism. They ask this question as if anger is an unreasonable emotion when considering the inequalities, challenges, violence and oppression women the world over face. I want to tell these young women to embrace their anger, sharpen themselves against it.

writer Roxane Gay