The Broadsheet: April 22

April 22, 2015, 12:03 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Loretta Lynch may finally be confirmed as attorney general, Marissa Mayer had a tough quarter, and U.S. CTO Megan Smith is getting serious about helping women succeed in tech. I’m Anne VanderMey, subbing for Kristen Bellstrom, who will be back to the Broadsheet tomorrow. In the meantime, you can reach me at or on Twitter at @vandermy. Have a great Wednesday.


 America's next top cop? After five months of waiting, Loretta Lynch may finally get a vote on her nomination to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had said he would delay Lynch's vote until disagreements over a bill to help victims of sex trafficking were resolved, which happened yesterday.  NYTimes


 Mayer's rough quarter. Yahoo missed analyst estimates on Q1 earnings and revenue. Three years into her tenure at the Internet giant, pressure on Marissa Mayer to deliver a turnaround is intensifying. A bright spot, though, might be the potential sale of Yahoo Japan. Fortune

 About time. TIME hosted a gala last night to celebrate this year's list of the 100 most influential people in the world—40 of whom are women. Among the guests: Mellody Hobson, Diane von Furstenberg and Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, whom Fortune profiled in a cover story last yearFortune editor Alan Murray attended and wrote about mixing with the power players.  Fortune

Merger mania. Mylan, the generic drug maker headed by Heather Bresch, is the target of an unsolicited $40 billion takeover bid from Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Throwing a further wrench in Bresch's plans, Ireland-based Perrigo yesterday rejected Mylan's bid to acquire it for $29 billion, saying the offer was too low. Fortune

DEA shakeup. Michele Leonhart, the nation’s top drug enforcement official, will step down next month. Originally considered a trailblazer for equality, Leonhart had come under fire for mismanagement, including outrage over her handling of reports that DEA agents were having parties with prostitutes in Colombia.   NYTimes

 Wired up. Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the U.S., is on the cover of the May issue of Wired as part of its “Next List.” Smith, who previously headed new business development at Google, is working to make the government’s technology user-friendly and, via a new initiative called TechHire, help women and minorities succeed in tech.  Wired


 Smile! A Stanford computer science student, Lea Coligado, created a website to showcase photos and short profiles of inspiring women working in the tech industry. Women of the Valley shows that the tech world belongs to more people than just geeky boys.  BuzzFeed

 Goldman settles. A Goldman Sachs senior banker who said she was discriminated against because of her pregnancy reached an undisclosed settlement with the investment bank, just as her case was slated to start. FT

 India’s missing girls. There are 2,000 girls lost to selective-sex abortions every day in India, the country's minister for women and child development said this week. India’s preference for sons has led many parents to abort girls or murder them after birth. New government initiatives aim to fix this terrible problem.  NYTimes

 Career planning. Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, says it’s important to have a clear five- to 10-year goal in mind at work. “I like to think of these considerations like a game of chess, always planning six to seven moves ahead given the current state of the board," she writes for Fortune's Insider Network.   Fortune

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Government task force: Women should get mammograms every two years starting at age 50.  NYTimes

New documentary explores the history of women in computing, and how it came to be seen as a man's field.  Flavorwire

The third season of Inside Amy Schumer deals with complicated gender dynamics—hilariously.  Slate

Employing more female cops leads to more scrutiny of female sexual offenders.  Slate

25 famous women talk about female friendship.  NY Mag

Three tips to deliver truly constructive criticism.  Fortune


I feel like young women aren’t comfortable with that word because they haven’t been properly educated about what it means. They’ve been sent the message that feminism is somehow unsexy, shrew-like women who feel like men should be stripped of power. What they don’t understand is that feminism is just a way to talk about equality.

Actor-writer-producer Lena Dunham on the meaning of feminism.