Ousting Women Leaders

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

In June 2011, Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock praised the company’s first female chief executive, Carol Bartz, at the annual shareholder meeting. She was making “hard-won progress” to turn around the ailing software company, he said. He and the board were “very supportive.”

Barely two months later, without warning or, to this day, explanation, Bostock fired Bartz in a telephone conversation that lasted less than three minutes.


Brigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab at New America. Schulte is an award-winning journalist and author, who writes widely for publications including the Washington Post, Slate, Time,  the Guardian, and others. Her book on time pressure, gender roles and modern life, Overwhelmed, Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time, was a New York Times bestseller.