Who is Carol Bartz? In addition to being a motherless child, homecoming queen, former midwesterner, exercising cocktail waitress in fishnet stockings, committed parent, ruthless nanny-employer, vomiter par excellence, a mover and shaker in Silicon Valley, Yahoo!’s new CEO, and an utter fossil at age 60, the Economist says:
[S]he may approach Yahoo! as she does her life, or her garden in Atherton, stuffed at various times with everything from heirloom tomatoes to bearded irises. “If you don’t kill a lot of plants along the way, you don’t know how to garden,” she once said.
That’s right, bitches – downsizing is for sissies; us Wimmins would rather lop their heads off! It’s how we roll, baby!
And in response to this masterful profile (seriously, read it – when I grow up, I want to be Carol Bartz!), the Economist received this letter:
SIR – Your profile of Carol Bartz, the new boss of Yahoo!, shows that the double standard applied to male and female executives continues to thrive (Face value, January 17th). Ms Bartz’s weekly red-eye flights home from Silicon Valley for three-day weekends with her family proved that she regards the notion of “work-life balance” as “nonsense”. When she was chief executive of Autodesk, “reading and working” in a chauffeur-driven car displayed “excessive” discipline. She became “homecoming queen and a mathematics star in high school”, which no doubt helped her to overcome “insecurities that would forever motivate her to achieve” after the death of her mother. Born just a few years before Steve Jobs, she is nonetheless “strikingly old” to take charge of an internet company.
I look forward to reading soon about some newly appointed male chief executive, whose popularity and achievement in high school, whose regular business travel and efforts to provide a comfortable suburban home for his family, and whose passage into the winter of life at 60 give us insight into his potential success at his new job.
Now you know why the Economist runs its articles without bylines – they know the Wimmins are waiting just outside with secateurs in hand!