Carly Fiorina, picture from   USA Today

Carly Fiorina, picture from
USA Today

Women and Adversity: Carly Fiorina and the presidency

What am impressive show Carly Fiorina displayed at the debate Aug. 6, and what a resounding response to Donald Trump’s inappropriate comments.

Fiorina has had her share of adversity: being fired from Hewlett-Packard, losing to Barbara Boxer in the senate race in California and having a double mastectomy. But she is a survivor: cancer survivor and Trump survivor. She stood her ground and has spiked in the polls.

The “Time” article by Tessa Berenson at refers to Fiorina’s 2015 book, “Rising to the Challenge,” and recounts the almost insurmountable challenges Fiorina faced when she was running for Barbara Boxer’s senate seat in California. Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer the night before she announced she was running for the senate. She had a bilateral mastectomy while on the campaign trail in 2009. Her stepdaughter died that same year.

Another article at by Nancy Cook is long but includes fascinating information about Fiorina.

Fiorina is a tough cookie and can withstand the scrutiny a presidential candidate receives. She is an inspiration for aspiring writers who face adversity while writing and marketing their stories. They can gather strength from Fiorina’s example and continue to persevere.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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