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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Silliness in the news. Today's Denver Post business section accompanies coverage of the departure of HP's CEO Carly Fiorina with this vapid story about women reacting to her firing.

Ignoring for the moment my annoyance with the theme of having women "comment" on a firing with no basis other than their possession of a pair of X chromosomes, the article has some silly comments.

The piece quotes the Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Arthritis Association as saying "I heard she was forced out because she's a dynamic, assertive woman,.... With this situation and Martha Stewart, it hasn't been good for women CEOs."

Oh, come one. Grow up. There are obviously still challenging hurdles for women to reach the CEO position in Fortune 500 companies, especially the Fortune 100, but Fiorina made her climb on her energy and dynamism through several companies like Lucent. I have nothing against Fiorina ( although I've acquaintances at Lucent who - when they read this - will send me email with obscene comments about her ) but the bottom line is that the HP-Compaq merger didn't succeed and her tenure has seen poor performance by HP. The article at least mentions some of these facts toward its end, after playing up the discrimination line without any real evidence.

Typical journalism.