The Broadsheet: April 21

April 21, 2015, 12:06 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! KPMG is getting its first female CEO, IBM reported earnings, and a sexist spat roiled the chess world. I’m Anne VanderMey, subbing for Kristen Bellstrom. You can reach me at, or on Twitter at @vandermy. Have a great Tuesday.


 Accounting gets a new boss. Lynne Doughtie is poised to take the CEO spot at KPMG, becoming the second woman to lead a Big Four accounting firm, after Cathy Engelbert took the top job at Deloitte in February. Doughtie is a 30-year KPMG veteran, and spoke with Fortune last fall about her career path.  WSJ


 Big Blue's work in progress. IBM yesterday reported its 12th straight quarterly revenue decline, but there was a bright spot for Ginni Rometty's company: The revenue loss was primarily due to the strong dollar, plus an expected drop-off from divested businesses. Rometty’s push toward cloud computing is paying off. Overall cloud revenue improved by more than 60%. Fortune

 A marathon and a sprint. Caroline Rotich of Kenya won the women's race in Monday’s Boston Marathon with a time of 2:24:55. She was joined by more than 27,000 other runners, including survivors of the race’s 2013 bombings. Time

 Democratizing early detection.  A Silicon Valley startup aims to dramatically reduce the cost of screening for a gene linked to breast and ovarian cancer risk. The company, Color Genomics, offers comprehensive genetic testing with a “spit kit” that costs $245, a fraction of the current price for the test. The company has raised $15 million from Valley luminaries like Khosla Ventures, Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs, and Cisco chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior.   Fortune

 Quantifying the confidence gap.  Pooja Sankar, founder of online question-and-answer platform Piazza, conducted a survey of college computer science students and found that women asked 26% more questions than their male counterparts, but answered 37% fewer. Worse news: The difference expanded as the students progressed to their junior and senior years.   Fortune

 Checkmate. After British chess grandmaster Nigel Short ignited a firestorm by claiming that the world should “gracefully accept it as a fact” that men are naturally better chess players than women, Judit Polgar, one of the world's top players, shot back: "We are capable of the same fight" as any man, she told TIME. Boys and girls compete in chess at equal levels, she says, but girls drop out because they don't get the same encouragement from parents, teachers and other people around them. Time


 Domestic violence expose gets Pulitzer. South Carolina’s Post and Courier won the coveted Pulitzer Prize award for public service for its investigation into domestic violence, called “Till Death Do Us Part.” The stories examined why the state is one of the deadliest for women. Post and Courier

 Nice work if you can get it. The dearth of women in natural resources, construction and maintenance—which are relatively high-paying fields—is one reason why the gender wage gap has proven so persistent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.   Chicago Tribune

 Roseanne speaks out. Roseanne Barr revealed in an interview with the Daily Beast that she’s losing her eyesight due to a combination of glaucoma and macular degeneration. She also spoke out why she no longer identifies as a feminist (“I'm tired of words. Now I just describe myself as a thinker") and why she’s not voting for Hillary Clinton. Daily Beast

 Strictly business. European Union commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager said yesterday in a speech at the NYU School of Law that she had “no grudge against Google,” as she pursues an antitrust case against the search giant. She also underscored the EU’s commitment to driving investment in the region, but added: “When doing business in Europe, we will do our best to find out if rivals are not competing on the merits.”  Re/code

 Women of the Wall.  On Monday morning, a group of Jewish women conducted a reading from a full-size Torah scroll at the Western Wall, violating the holy site’s regulations. Several people were reported injured in the ensuing scuffle. The Jerusalem-based activist group, Women of the Wall, promotes the rights of women to worship at the site.   Haaretz

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More women are openly discussing smoking weed.   Time

Dana Perino's book, And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, comes out today.   WaPo

A new study says women have it easy in STEM fields. Don’t believe it.  Slate

Target's hugely popular Lilly Pulitzer collection crashed its site.  Fortune


I regret everything.

Toni Morrison, reflecting on her life's highs and lows in a conversation with NPR about her new novel, <em>God Help the Child, </em>which comes out today