The Broadsheet: April 6

April 6, 2015, 11:48 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Anita Hill speaks out about Ellen Pao’s failed gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins, Carly Fiorina calls Tim Cook a hypocrite, and the NFL gets its first female ref. Have a great Monday.


 Hill's charge. For the first time, Anita Hill speaks out about Ellen Pao’s failed gender discrimination suit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins. In 1991, Hill famously testified in front of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that she'd been sexually harassed by her former boss, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Now a professor at Brandeis University, Hill calls on employers and universities to shine a bright light on gender discrimination before it occurs. She asks: Why isn't "Managing for a Diverse Workforce" a required course in every business school in the country? Fortune


Pao speaks for herself. Ellen Pao sits down with Katie Couric to talk about why Pao's lawsuit resonated for so many people, how racism and sexism manifest themselves in Silicon Valley, and why women and minorities drop out of computer science and the tech industry. But while Pao discusses a range of gender issues, there is one topic she won't touch: the details of her case. Is she considering an appeal? Yahoo!

A failure of journalism. Rolling Stone retracted its article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia after the release of an outside report that discredits the story.  The review, published Sunday night by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, found that the article was a failure of  “reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking.” The reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, issued a statement apologizing for her story. Teresa A. Sullivan, president of UVA, also put out a statement. Sullivan condemned the Rolling Stone story, and defended university staff, calling them "diligent and devoted in supporting and caring for students."

Fiorina vs. Cook. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and prospective GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina took some time out from sniping at Hillary Clinton to call out Apple chief Tim Cook. Fiorina called Cook a hypocrite for speaking out against Indiana’s new religious freedom law. If Apple really is opposed to doing business in places that restrict the rights of women and gays, Cook would need to withdraw from "90% of the markets he's in," she said. From Fiorina's perspective, there's “nothing objectionable” about the Indiana law. Fortune

Woman in stripes. It looks like the NFL is getting its first full-time female official. Although not yet officially confirmed, multiple news outlets are reporting that the league is hiring former Conference USA ref Sarah Thomas. It's a good move for the NFL, which, given last season's domestic violence scandals, needs all the help it can get with women. Thomas says she's not focused on breaking the gender barrier. "I've never set out to be the first," she says. "I do this because I love it." ESPN

Going co-ed. Women in Iran will finally be allowed to attend some big sporting events. Currently, the country bans women from entering stadiums to watch games attended by men. Under the new rules, women will be permitted to go to "family-oriented" events but will still be barred from attending "masculine" events such as wrestling, swimming and anything else that features men in skimpy outfits.   Slate

Cut it out, Carrie.  Apparently, female CIA operatives are none too fond of their fictional TV counterparts. A number of women from the intelligence community tell Maureen Dowd that they're annoyed by the unrealistic behavior of characters like Homeland's Carrie Mathison and the CIA analyst played by Katherine Heigl on State of Affairs. Their understandable objections: clingy clothing, irresponsible drinking, and trading on the "honey pot" stereotype of using sex to get secrets.  NY Times


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 this week.

Find your motivation. Sarah Robb O’Hagan, president of Equinox, is a pro at staying motivated at work. Besides exercising in the early a.m., she offers four more tips. Fortune

Look it in the eye. Liz Wiseman, president of Wiseman Group, knows perfectly well that no one likes rejection. That said, when you give in to your first reaction -- panic -- you only make things worse. Instead, writes Wiseman, learn to "slow down, look rejection in the eye, and inhale deeply of its lessons." Only then will you learn from your missteps.   Fortune

Nobody likes a sore loser. Don't overreact when you hit a snag a work, writes Mary Civiello, president of Civiello Communications Group. It's fine to show some emotion (you're human, after all), but getting too worked up can damage your professional reputation. Fortune


China cracks down. Last month, China jailed five feminist activists for provoking social instability with a planned campaign about sexual harassment on public transportation. Now, security agents from Beijing are hunting down the volunteers who took part in the women’s protests, sending many young feminists into hiding.   NY Times

No winners at Wynn. A new report rips into the corporate governance practices of Wynn Resorts, and recommends shareholders reject all board nominees, including Elaine Wynn, co-founder of the company and ex-wife of CEO Stephen Wynn. Elaine Wynn has been campaigning to retain her seat, and the report is expected to have a significant impact on whether she will succeed.   NY Times

One to watch. At the tender age of 17, Lydia Ko is the youngest golfer, male or female, to reach No. 1 in the world rankings. Alhough Ko has yet to win a major tournament, she's a player to follow this summer and beyond. Take it from her coach, David Leadbetter: "She's a freak...She has no weaknesses." WSJ

A makeover maven. Meet Kristina Schake, the woman tasked with recasting Hillary Clinton's image. Schake, the former communications chief for First Lady Michelle Obama, has joined Clinton's 2016 team with a mandate to bring out the presumptive candidate's "softer side." NY Times

Settling over sludge. Duke Energy, led by CEO Lynn Good, has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement with Virginia over a coal ash spill that coated the Dan River with gray sludge. This comes after a February announcement that Duke had agreed to plead guilty to violations of the Clean Water Act and pay $102 million in fines, restitution and community service.  WSJ

A top chef talks. Stephanie Izard, the first woman to win Bravo's Top Chef, talks about how she got her start (at Olive Garden), her current Chicago restaurants, and why earning a slot on the reality TV show turned into her big break.  NPR

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France bans ultra-thin models   Time

TSA reaches agreement on patdown searches of black women's hair  LA Times

Hillary Clinton is killing it with women and young voters   Fusion

Can you raise your little boy in your daughter's pink room?  Quartz


A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Attributed to Maya Angelou on a new stamp dedicated to the poet. As it turns out, the quote may not be hers.