"An investigator [Stephen Hirschfeld] hired by Kleiner Perkins to investigate legal complaints said John Doerr told him Ellen Pao had a 'female chip on her shoulder.'" - Sam Colt, Business Insider, March 5, 2015. Here is the article.
Among the topics Ellen Pao had issues with were alleged conversations on a company jet trip. They involved porn stars, the Playboy mansion, the Victoria Secret show and the perception that Yahoo head Marissa Mayer was hot and should be on their board.
Pao reported that she was uncomfortable with such banter. That scared me that maybe a journalist I deal with would "report" me for discussing in email the phenomenon of "revenge porn." Actually, he did link to one of my blog posts on that topic so I guess I won't find myself sued by him and his media outlet for discussing subjects which have sexual components.
Some of us remember reading in the book "Tough Choices" by former H-P head, Carly Fiorina. It recounted how uncomfortable she was when a business social event included strippers.
I was among those who had rolled my eyes during that part of the book. At the time, for decades I had been ghostwriting for primarily male executives. On company jets, they drank. They bantered. It never bothered me one bit. I was simply thrilled to be among such influential thought leaders.
Are the Paos and Fiornias of the work world looking for supposed put-downs against their gender? I always perceived being a woman in business a plus. The males didn't feel threatened by my 5-foot presence. I sense I had opportunities males didn't.