Carly Fiorina on Civil Rights

Republican primary challenger and former CEO


U.S. will be better off when women have equal opportunity

Q: What woman should be on the $10 bill??

A: I wouldn't change the $10 bill, or the $20 bill. I think, honestly, it's a gesture. I don't think it helps to change our history. What I would think is that we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation, and this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Supreme Court overstepped by legalizing same-sex marriage

Fiorina believes the Supreme Court overstepped its boundaries when it ruled that same-sex marriage should be allowed in all 50 states. She has not indicated yet if she believes the issue is settled law or if she would push for a Constitutional amendment to reverse the court decision. When running for U.S. Senate in 2010, the former CEO supported California's Proposition 8 to make same-sex marriage illegal and said that gay couples should be afforded the right to civil unions and other legal benefits.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 4, 2015

I don't just Tweet about equal pay; I lead on pay standards

Carly Fiorina came out swinging at Hillary Clinton today, attacking her for not being strong enough on women's issues. Fiorina, the only woman in the emerging GOP field, has cast herself as one of the most aggressive critics of Clinton in stump speeches.

At CPAC, she continued the trend of firing at Clinton: "She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won't answer basic questions about her own offices' pay standards--and neither will our President. Hillary may like hashtags. But she doesn't know what leadership means."

At the end of her speech during the question and answer section, Fiorina couldn't help but take one more shot at Clinton during a question about the importance of female candidates: "I will say this, if Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least she would have a hitch in her swing."

Source: Time magazine on 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. , Feb 26, 2015

Women professionals are not treated the same as men

Q: You're seeing The New York Times being very clear about why they fired Jill Abramson, about management problems, how she was treating people, her manner with colleagues, publicly embarrassing them. Does anything strike you about this as being a double standard? Would a man be treated the same say upon an exit?

FIORINA: Absolutely not. And the most obvious example of that is the announcement about her departure. Here is a woman who, having been told she has an abrasive style, how many times have women heard that? She's been a distinguished reporter for The New York Times, an editor for three years. There is not a single word in her departure announcement about her contribution, about her record, about her time at The New York Times. Not a word. That is disrespectful. She is excised from history. No more lectures, please, from The New York Times about the treatment of women. Whatever the issues in the newsroom were, the dynamics around her departure would not have been the same for a man.

Source: Meet the Press 2014 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 18, 2014

Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok

FIORINA: I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The Defense of Marriage Act had broad bipartisan support. And actually, the position I've consistently espoused is consistent with that of our President and a vast majority of senators in the U.S. Senate.
Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate , Sep 2, 2010

No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT

Fiorina said she opposes same-sex marriage, and supports civil unions and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." But she declined to answer when asked if the government should recognize civil unions for purposes such as Social Security benefits.

Boxer said homosexual couples would gain full equality only when same-sex marriage was recognized. "The only way to get the rights that married couples have is to go for marriage equality," she said. "I believe people are coming around to see it."

Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate , Sep 2, 2010

Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8

"I will not run away from [conservative] values," Ms. Fiorina says, noting that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against higher taxes and voted for Proposition 8 last year, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. On abortion, Ms. Fiorina says she is "proudly pro-life" and a strong opponent of taxpayer funding of abortions.

But her views also carry some nuance. She notes she created a strong program of domestic partner benefits while at HP.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "Reboot California" , Nov 30, 2009

1976: Worked with monogamous gay couples in college

During the school terms at Stanford I needed to pay for my room and board, so I worked at DJ's Hair Design--a local salon that's still at the same address--doing their books, answering phones, and making appointments.

I loved the hairdressers--the owners, Dan and John, ran a fun, boisterous shop. I met gays for the first time. Those were the days when no one talked about sexual orientation and many monogamous gay couples would go to parties with appropriate female dates. We would have long conversations, and some great laughs, about how painful and funny this could be sometimes. I was fascinated by the people of this business, although I never thought about the profit of it.

Source: Tough Choices, by Carly Fiorina, p. 17 , Sep 25, 2007

Hired by AT&T after court ordered them to promote more women

In 1982 I became a manager for the first time. There weren't any training courses. They seemed to have a sink-or-swim philosophy about management. I decided that I could do better than my bosses. I would be interested in my subordinates.

It was a small team--young women who'd been hired after AT&T settled a lawsuit by signing a consent decree with the federal government and committing to hiring and promoting more women.

The district manager, my new boss, knew he was born to lead. He knew all about the consent decree and why AT&T had to hire women. At our first meeting he opened up by saying: "I'd like you to meet Carly. She's our token bimbo." Then he laughed and said, "Actually, she's your new sales manager." I laughed too, and did my best to dazzle the client with my knowledge of their mission. After the meeting I took my boss aside and said, "You will never do that to me again." He looked up and down and replied, "Okay. Sorry. Tell me, were you ever a cheerleader?"

Source: Tough Choices, by Carly Fiorina, p. 38-9 , Sep 25, 2007

Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage.

Fiorina supports the CC survey question on banning same-sex marriage

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Federal Marriage Amendment to prevent same sex marriage"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q3 on Aug 11, 2010

Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Fiorina opposes the F2A survey question on ENDA

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q3 on Sep 19, 2010

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