7 Surprising Things to Know About Carly Fiorina (VIDEO)

Big news: retired businesswoman Carly Fiorina announced today that she will be seeking the Republican nomination for president. The former Hewlett-Packer CEO is not a career politician and was even defeated when she ran for Senate in California in 2010 and lost the seat to Democrat Barbara Boxer. But she says her experience and understanding of the economy make her the ideal candidate. Here are 8 more facts you need to know about Fiorina.

  1. Fiorina dropped out of law school. She earned her undergraduate degree in medieval history and philosophy from Stanford University, but dropped out of law school after one semester. Instead, she earned business degrees from MIT and Maryland.
  2. She is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and underwent a double mastectomy.
  3. She's had a lot of jobs. Fiorina bounced around a bit from job to job at first. She was employed as a sales representative at AT&T when she was 25 and, by 35, had been promoted as the division's first female officer. At age 40, she was named the head of North American sales.
  4. She was a Kelly Girl—which was the name given to women who were employed through Kelly Services. While in college, she even held down a temporary secretarial position at Hewlett-Packer, the company she would one day lead.

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  5. She has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Stanford classmate Todd Bartlem, which produced two children, ended in divorce in 1984. In 1985, she remarried a tow truck driver named Frank Fiorina, who later rose through the ranks to become an executive at AT&T. They are still married.
  6. She became the first woman in history to lead a Fortune 100 company -- when she was hired as the CEO of Hewlett-Packer in 1999.  She led the company's biggest acquisition, a $25 billion merger with Compaq in 2002—but was famously forced to resign from the company three years later.
  7. She doesn't like Hillary Clinton. She's long been a vocal opponent of Clinton and her policies, as well as the ideologies and policies of the Democratic party. An article she recently wrote for Time magazine caused controversy because she shifted a great deal of blame for California's drought on "overzealous liberal environmentalists," whom she says "continue to devalue the lives and livelihoods of California residents in pursuit of their own agenda."

Here is a video of Fiorina announcing her plan on Good Morning America to seek the Republican nomination for president:


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