For the past two years, there had always been a NASA disaster awaited us on every Chinese New Year¡¯s Day. So this morning I woke up somewhat anticipating bad news again. But there was nothing bad. Nothing bad came out of NASA, that is.
Instead, the wrack of the New Year¡¯s Day continued. Only this time it didn¡¯t happen in outer space, but right here in Silicon Valley. Carly Fiorina was fired by HP.
My reaction was just ¡°wow¡±! They finally got their way. She has been hated for so long. And HP¡¯s stock shoot up.
In the office, a co-worker passed on the severance pay figure for Carly, a sweet 21 millions. ¡°Don¡¯t feel sorry for her!¡± He laughed. Most of the men in the office seemed to enjoy her fall. Even though a little cynical about her lofty pay for ¡°doing a shitty job.¡±
All the women, especially women managers were shocked and dismayed, ¡°They hate her because she is a woman. If it was a man who did what she has done, they would have admired him. Same goes for our ex-CEO, and Hillary Clinton. They hate a woman¡¯s guts.¡± ¡°Yeah, she did well for HP considering how bad the economy has been.¡±
I couldn¡¯t comment on any of these since I didn¡¯t follow her career closely. But I found this alignment between opinion and gender divide interesting.