IW: Shortly after you took the helm at HP, I found myself in a conference room full of men who were snickering over a doctored picture of you. The picture pissed me off, but I didn’t say anything at the time because I was just trying to fit in. I wondered what you would have said in my situation.
CF: I think there is a time when sometimes a sense of humor is required. You can’t take everything too seriously and you can’t get a chip on your shoulder. On the other hand, I do think it’s true that in group situations women will be too quiet. [At HP,] if I was in a group of people and women were being too quiet, I would ask someone who was being quiet, “What do you think?” Third, I think there is no question that sometimes people need to stand up for something they believe in. Maybe you would have felt better if you said something was bullshit -- not to defend me, but for yourself. If someone chooses to take a stand, that’s always a risk.