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‘Those Other’ Women’s History Month: CEO and former Presidential Candidate, Carly Fiorina

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

I first remember hearing about Carly Fiorina during the 2016 presidential race. Her sharp debate skills had me intrigued from the get go. As I started to look deeper and learn more, I realized Fiorina was more than a politician, rather, she had been a prominent CEO, in fact, the first female CEO of a company on the Dow Jones Industrial Average! So, on day four, let's get to talking about this business-woman turned conservative Presidential Candidate!

After reading this article by Kay C. James that expresses the lack of conservative women in Women’s History Month, I was inspired to create my own list! And of course, ever inspired by Mallory and listening to the ‘Those Other Girls’ Podcast, the name ‘Those Other Women’s History Month’ came to me! Excited to partner with TOG on this awesome profile series on inspirational conservative women!

Carly Fiorina

"Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes." -Carly Fiorina

Is it just me...or do many important conservative role models come from a background of self-sufficiency, hard-work, leading successful companies, farming, etc.? I've been inspired during this process reading about all of the dedicated and hard-working conservatives out there with real life knowledge informing their politics! Carly Fiorina is another example of a strong, independent woman who used her real life experience to try and make our country better.

Carly Fiorina was born in 1954 in Austin, Texas, and she is best known for being the first female CEO of a Dow Jones company, as well as a Presidential Candidate in 2016.

As she was growing up, Fiorina's family moved around a lot, and she attended school in Ghana, the UK, North Carolina, and California. She graduated with a BA in Medieval History and Philosophy from Stanford University, and went to law school at the University of California. Her education continued at UMD, College Park and the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At 25, she started an entry level position at AT&T, and in a decade, she was the first female officer at AT&T, eventually becoming the head of their North American operations. From there, in 1999, Fiorina was named the CEO of HP (Hewlett-Packard Company), and with that, the first female CEO of a Dow Jones Industrial Average company.

After that, Fiorina was a Fox News Commentator, she ran for the US Senate, and in 2016, she ran for President.

Carly Fiorina fought hard, and she has tons of business experience, having worked her way to the top of a Fortune 500 company. She did not back down from taking her business experience into the world of politics and trying to apply that expertise to policies! We love to see women making strides in the business world!

"Big government favors the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well-connected, and crushes the small and powerless. It is why we have to simplify." -Carly Fiorina

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