Carly Fiorina and then Patricia Dunn, both women, were fired from positions of great power at HP in a span of less than two years. It begs the question, does gender have anything to do with it? The WSJ has an interesting article about this issue. Interestingly enough, this was precisely what came up in a casual conversation I was having at home the other day. While one could argue that gender did play a role, it does have a lot to do with these individuals and their respective situations. While Carly took on the Hewlett family and her board, Dunn took on Tom Perkins, a Silicon Valley heavy weight. It remains to be seen what comes of Mark Hurd because it appears that he was aware of the investigation all along. Besides, the three (Dun, Perkins, Keyworth) instrumental in bringing him on board are no longer around.