I’ll start with this disclosure. The single mother whose sexual harassment claim brought down the king of Hewlett-Packard is a dear, old friend. Jodie Fisher and I met in a baby group twelve years ago, were champions of the breast feeding brigade, bonded through the identity crisis that often accompanies new motherhood, and in recent years have lost touch as our work took us to different cities.
So to wake up this morning and see her as the top hit on CNN.com and on the second link of the New York Times in my Blackberry, is surreal. Reading the nasty comments of trolls and bloggers sent a chill down my spine. Our culture sure loves to blame women when men screw up.
For those who need the crib sheet for the background story, Jodie was hired by Hewlett-Packard to do what she does best. Be the social intelligence for world-weary CEO, Mark Hurd. As a marketing specialist, she acted as a hostess of sorts, introducing him at parties designed to woo high level clients.