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The Broadsheet: January 18th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The list of female Fortune 500 CEOs grows, an Obamacare repeal could affect some women’s ability to pump at work, and a folk hero of working mothers has died. Have a peaceful Wednesday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• A farewell to Barnes. Brenda Barnes, the former CEO of Sara Lee and Pepsi-Cola North America, has died at age 63. Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers takes a look back at Barnes’ life and career, noting that she was, among many other things, something of a folk hero to working moms. Barnes gained that status when she left the top job at Pepsi in 1997 to spend time with her family, “igniting the ‘Can women have it all?’ debate that still resounds today,” writes Sellers. Perhaps even more impressive, Barnes returned to the corporate world in 2004 after her children had grown, once again working her way up to the corner office—that time at Sara Lee. She was still in that role when she suffered a massive stroke that left her with yet another epic struggle: willing herself back to life.  Fortune

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Toy titan. The ranks of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 ticked up yesterday, as toymaker Mattel appointed Google Americas president Margaret “Margo” Georgiadis to the top job. Georgiadis, who led Google’s commercial operations and ad sales in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America for six years, will also join the board. Fortune

• DeVos debate. Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing to be education secretary devolved into a heated and partisan debate about how best to spend public money in education. Republicans lauded DeVos’s efforts to move away from a “one size fits all” public school system and her work expanding charter schools and voucher programs, which help families pay tuition at private schools. Democrats, on the other hand, criticized the nominee for wanting to “privatize” public education. New York Times

• Apprentice to plaintiff. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault during the presidential race, has—with the help of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred—filed a lawsuit against the president-elect, alleging that he defamed her when he accused her of making up the assault.  Washington Post

• Pumped up. In this deep dive, Fortune‘s Claire Zillman looks at how Obamacare guaranteed many women the time and space to pump or breastfeed at work—and what might happen to those protections if Republicans make good on their promise to repeal the health care law. Fortune

• Beg your pardonPresident Obama has largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst who was convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, published by WikiLeaks. She is now expected to be freed this May, rather than in 2045. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Belinda Johnson, chief business affairs and legal officer at Airbnb, has been named to the board of PayPal. HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman has been elected chairman of the board of the National Retail Federation (NRF). Neiman Marcus group president and CEO Karen Katz has been named chair of the NRF Foundation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Kind of a big deal. British American Tobacco said its $49 billion offer to acquire the remaining 57.8% stake in Reynolds American that it did not already own has been accepted. The deal would create the world’s largest publicly-traded tobacco business by net sales. Reynolds American is led by CEO Debra Crew, No . 47 on Fortune‘s list of Most Powerful Women New York Times

• Marching onWomen around the country (and the world) are gearing up for the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. (The march even has its own app and hashtag now.) But let’s not forget that the D.C. gathering is not the only one: There are 370 smaller “sister marches” that have been planned in every state and on six continents and are expected to draw nearly 700,000 people.

• Start up with Sandberg. Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook will be opening a “Startup Garage” in Paris’s Station F, soon to be the world’s largest startup campus (the facility opens in April). The program will allow the founders of 10 to 15 data-driven startups to learn from Facebook engineers every six months.  Fortune

• A style ‘don’t.’ Freelance hairstylist Tricia Kelly says she was contacted about a job coifing Marla Maples and Tiffany Trump for the inauguration, but that Maples’ assistant balked at her fee and asked Kelly to work for free. When Kelly went public with the story, she says that the contact who first referred her to Maples followed up with a threatening message: “You are messing with the president of the United States.” Washington Post

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ON MY RADAR

Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep make a video for Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary  Motto

These are IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s tips for using AI in business  Fortune

Women make gains toward winning the CEO job  WSJ

Gretchen Carlson: Donald Trump is not the first president to have a woman problem  Motto

QUOTE

To the girl from the South Side who took on a role she didn’t ask for and made it her own: Happy Birthday, Michelle. I love you.
President Barack Obama's birthday message to the First Lady