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Where are the women?

Before being fired from Yahoo, Bartz was the only female CEO of a top tech firm

Where are the women?

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Following her dismissal as Yahoo’s chief executive officer last week, Carol Bartz—who was unceremoniously fired over the phone—didn’t go quietly. Barely a day after she was sent packing, Bartz gave an interview to Fortune, calling the company directors “doofuses.” (She may have to pay for those remarks; her contract had a non-disparagement clause.) Even if Bartz wasn’t well-liked, some lamented her departure: now that she’s gone, there are no female CEOs left at major Silicon Valley firms.

Of course, it isn’t just the tech sector that suffers a dearth of women. Among Fortune 500 companies, women now hold just 2.8 per cent of CEO roles, according to Catalyst, a non-profit think tank. Bartz’s firing sparked debate over whether her treatment was sexist, with industry observers describing her as overly blunt and aggressive. Yahoo’s moribund shares rallied at her departure.


Where are the women?

  1. Oddly enough, I’ve always found “overly blunt and aggressive” was sort of a prerequisite for upper management.

    Considering that women have been allowed into MBA programs for at least a few decades now (eg, Trudeau’s dropkicking of Canadian MBA admission policies into the 20th-century in 1971-ish), you’d think there’d be more women at the top.  Or maybe our business leadership really is almost as backwards & navel-gazing as we left-wing agitators believe.