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The Broadsheet: May 12th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ginni Rometty cracks the list of top 10 earners, Sen. Kelly Ayotte is being floated as a possible FBI head, and Australian Sen. Larissa Waters doesn’t get all the fuss. Have a relaxing weekend—and don’t forget to call your mom!


• Food for thought. Yesterday, I linked to an article about Australian Senator Larissa Waters, who made history earlier this week when she became the first person to breastfeed her child in the country’s federal Parliament.

Her story quickly went viral, garnering proud shoutouts from moms all over the world (including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg). Waters herself, though, seemed surprised by the hubbub.

In an interview with the New York Times, the senator said: “Breastfeeding is a normal and natural thing that women have been doing since time immemorial, and in that sense, it’s quite strange to me that it caused such a sensation. What it really says is that we need more young women in Parliament so that when we breastfeed our babies it’s not considered news.”

With Mother’s Day coming up, this seems like the perfect sentiment to end the week. And Waters sums it up so neatly that there’s not much to add—other than to note that the universe where we need more young women should be extended to include parliaments, official residences, boardrooms, and corner offices around the globe.  New York Times


• Paying the price. Between mid-2016 and March 31st of this year, 21st Century Fox—parent of Fox News—has paid a full $45 million in sexual harassment settlements. Fortune

• What about Ayotte? Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is reportedly on the list of candidates to replace James Comey. Politico

• Rometty rakes it in. With a 2016 pay package of $96.8 million, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty comes in at No. 6 on Bloomberg’s pay index, the first time a woman has cracked the top ten since the index was created in 2015. HPE chief Meg Whitman was the second highest-paid women, with Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz close behind.  Bloomberg

• On Track. A reminder that Fortune is developing a new professional woman’s networking organization. Our goal: to bake the best of what we do into real-world experiences to help women grow their careers. Expect special events, online workshops, career coaching, and an inclusive community of diverse, career-minded women. Interested? Learn more here: Fortune FastTrack

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Sharon McCollam, former CFO of Best Buy, has been named to the Whole Foods board. Private equity exec Gabrielle Sulzberger will become the company’s chairwoman. Jana Cohen Barbe, partner and the former Global Vice Chair of Dentons US, has joined the advisory board of Global Thinkers Forum.


• Trump charts. Despite the scathing reviews, Ivanka Trump’s new book, Women Who Work, is expected to debut today at No. 4 on the New York Times best-sellers list of advice, how-to and miscellaneous books.  Fortune

• Activist investor? The Wall Street Journal digs into the strange and fascinating story of 27-year-old Masha Drokova. A Russian immigrant and former pro-Putin youth activist, Drokova is refashioning herself as a Silicon Valley angel investor and attempting raise an early-stage venture fund. WSJ

• A mixed bag. While Hillary Clinton has not officially commented on James Comey’s dismissal, sources say she has a “mixed mind” about the firing. While she—not surprisingly—agrees that the former FBI boss mishandled the inquiry into her email server, Clinton also reportedly worries that his dismissal will derail the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.   New York Times

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Our mothers as we never saw them  New York Times

The WNBA joins a daily fantasy sports market in deal with FanDuel   Toronto Star

3 lessons from my mom that I use every day as a CEO   Fortune

The girls’ soccer team that joined a boys’ league—and won it  New York Times


Could you imagine…having a male anchor on the network roll eyes at Hillary Clinton, at somebody, a female representative spokeswoman for President Obama or President Bill Clinton? I think not.
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, accusing CNN's Anderson Cooper of sexism after he rolled his eyes at her during a heated exchange on his show earlier this week.