Gender and Work: One Small Step for Women?

Fiorina wasn't the only woman high up in the business world

Carly Fiorina may have been the most powerful woman in business, but she didn't see herself that way. "I don't think of myself, nor do I appreciate being characterized, as a woman CEO," she told TIME in 2002. But she was one of just eight female CEOs of a FORTUNE 500 company, and so her performance at HP drew keen attention. As it turns out, Fiorina took the same risks as her male counterparts, made the same mistakes--and met the same fate. "This is not about gender. It's really about business," says Deborah Soon of Catalyst, a nonprofit group promoting women...

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