Woman Up Editor
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
has one of those resumes that coeds in business school dream of.
Once Fortune Magazine's most powerful woman in business
, Fiorina was unceremoniously dismissed
by the HP board in 2005 after a merger she championed lost value. But, while the boardroom subsequently went into a tailspin with a scandal involving spying
on top employees, Fiorina rallied nicely with a best-selling book and a 60 Minutes interview
, giving her side of the story.
She then transitioned into a force in GOP political circles, speaking for John McCain's candidacy until her boardroom candor tripped her up. In the heat of the 2008 presidential election, she told MSNBC that Mr. McCain was not qualified
to run a major company. (If only Andrea Mitchell had asked her about Mrs. McCain.) The gaffe cost her
, but not enough to keep her out of politics.
Much like her California corporate counterpart Meg Whitman
, eBay's former chief executive who is running for governor, Fiorina hopes to add a political job to her resume -- in her case, U.S. Senator. On Tuesday, Fiorina registered her campaign committee with the IRS
, announcing her interest in California's junior seat, held since 1993 by Democrat Barbara Boxer
Boxer, chairwoman of the powerful Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will be a pugilistic opponent. Although not as rare as they once were, female Senate chairpersons are even more underrepresented in America than women CEOs. In both venues, regardless of gender, power attracts money. Tough
and tireless, "Please call me Senator
" Boxer is sure to give 54-year-old Fiorina a run for hers. Right now, the incumbent has plenty of cash, but with the formation of Carly for California
, Fiorina intends to raise some of her own.