Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman gunning for the White House in 2016. Carly Fiorina officially announced her candidacy this morning. Fiorina is the only female Republican contender joining other GOP candidates Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), and African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson. There’s certain to be a media spectacle around Fiorina and Clinton’s opposing views as female candidates.
Here some important things you should know about Carly Fiorina:
She’s a law school drop out.
Fiornia went to Stanford for undergrad studying medieval history and philosophy. After being convinced by her father, a federal appeals court judge to become an attorney, Fiorina gave it a shot but quit after one semester saying law school gave her “blinding headaches every day.”
She and husband Frank started from the “bottom.”
Fiorina got her start doing clerical work as a “Kelly Girl,” a staffing agency for secretaries. Her second and current husband Frank, who she married in 1985, was a tow truck driver and eventually became an executive at AT&T. Fiorina never had children of her own but helped raise Frank’s two daughters.
The first woman to run a Fortune 500 company.
As the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999-2005, Fiorina made history as the first woman to run a Fortune 500 company. She ruffled feathers even though revenues doubled under her leadership. There were ultimately thousands of layoffs, internal clashes and missed earning targets. She was eventually ousted by the board after a controversial merger with Compaq that pitted her against the Hewlett family.
Never held political office but tried and lost.
In her 2010 Senate race to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Fiorina ran on her business record, while Boxer criticized Fiorina’s tenure at HP and her laying off thousands of employees and shipping jobs overseas. Boxer won the general election, defeating Fiorina 52.2% to 42.2%. In 2008, while working on John McCain’s presidential campaign, it was rumored Fiorina would be a potential vice president candidate. Fiorina later supported Sarah Palin’s candidacy and openly defended Palin against sex attacks and the Saturday Night Live sketches by Tina Fey.
She ran one of the spookiest campaign ads ever!
When Fiorina was going for the U.S Senate in 2010, she ran an ad showing a heartwarming flock of sheep walking together and out of no where a sheep is shown on a growing pedestal and faces the screen with scary red eyes. According to NPR, it became known as the demon sheep ad. That’s an understatement. Hillary girl, watch out!
She has a pro-business message.
Fiorina has stuck to a pro-business message that she’s used to criticize President Obama for not deserving credit for the improving economy.
She already came for Hillary.
Fiorina has questioned the legitimacy of donations made to the Clinton family foundation and last month in Iowa said, “Hillary Clinton cannot be President of the United States because she is not trustworthy. And while she’s held many titles, she hasn’t accomplished very much.”
She’s not exactly for or against gay rights.
It’s been said that Fiorina has a “softer” approach to gay rights than many in the GOP. She hasn’t backed same-sex marriage, but supports civil unions and providing government benefits to gay couples.
She’s a breast cancer survivor.
Fiornia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and had a double mastectomy. While she was campaigning for her Florida bid, she referred to breast cancer survivors as a “sisterhood.”