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The Broadsheet: May 26th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Theresa May confronts President Trump over leaks, grandmas are getting into the pot business, and women have a right to know what’s in their feminine care products. Have a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! We’ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday.


• The other tampon tax. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’ve used tampons or other feminine care products without knowing what chemicals or other ingredients they contain.

While this is not a new issue, it now seems to be reaching critical mass, with health activists, researchers, and politicians—as well as many consumers—calling for rules that would provide women with more information about the products that they regularly put inside their bodies.

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng has introduced a bill that would require all feminine care products to list their ingredients on the package. Meanwhile, her fellow NY Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney has reintroduced a bill directing the National Institutes of Health to do research into whether the chemicals used in tampons and pads present health risks to users.

Yet even as this issue seems to be gathering momentum, it must be noted that this is the tenth time Maloney has introduced her legislation—which has never even moved out of committee. New York Times


• A chilly May. At yesterday’s NATO Summit, British PM Theresa May confronted President Trump about intelligence leaks by American officials that ended up in U.S. media. May reportedly told the president that intel shared between the nations is “hugely important and valuable and must be kept secure.” Trump vowed that his administration would get to the bottom of the leaks, adding that he was asking the Justice Department to launch a review.  The Guardian

• Track star. If you’re watching the Indy 500 this Sunday, keep your eyes peeled for Cara Adams, the chief engineer for Bridgestone’s Motorsports group, and the only woman to hold that title in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Fortune‘s Maddie Farber talks to Adams about the career path that led her to her track-side gig.  Fortune

• Power of the poker face. Fortune‘s Claire Zillman mulls the dour expressions worn by Melania Trump throughout her first official trip abroad, concluding that her “countenance embodies the burden of being the first lady—a ceremonial role, based largely on appearances, that is hoisted on a woman only because of her relationship to a powerful man.” There is power in refusing to conform to the idea that first ladies must wear a permanent smile, writes Claire. Fortune

• High profits. This fascinating story looks at women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have started businesses in the world of pot. According to The New York Times, many of these marijuana entrepreneurs follow a similar model: “Inspired partly by their own use of the drug for pain relief, or by caring for others who use it for their own aches, these women see viable business opportunities and view their work as therapeutic for their customers.” New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Northwestern Mutual has named Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest, chief digital officer. The financial services company has also promoted Aditi Gokhale to CMO. Facebook has hired Nada Stirratt as VP of global marketing solutions for the US and Canada. Previously, she was CEO of Verve.


• That’s what she said. Betsy DeVos testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, making headlines for, among other things, refusing to rule out giving funds to schools that discriminate. The Washington Post runs down “five startling things” that she said to Congress. Washington Post

• Madame mayor? Nicole Malliotakis, who hopes to become the Republican candidate for mayor of New York City, is attempting to moderate her image and distance herself from President Trump as she gears up for the coming election in the Democrat-dominated city.  New York Times

• Perry’s payday. Katy Perry will make more than any male judge has made for the upcoming season ofAmerican Idol. “I’m really proud that as a woman I got paid,” said the pop star, who didn’t confirm a number but who will reportedly be getting $25 million for the gig. Marie Claire

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Trump’s paid leave plan is not enough for America’s working families  Fortune

Four women on how one of the worst campus rape scandals changed their lives   New York Magazine

How Amanda Chantal Bacon perfected the celebrity wellness business  New York Times

Why are NFL and NBA cheerleaders barely earning minimum wage?  ESPNW


The time for introspection is all along the way; to develop who you are and what you stand for because you never know when you’re going to be called to answer that question.
Sally Yates, addressing graduates of Harvard Law School