Silicon Valley executive Ellen Pao suggested in a New York Times essay that the ongoing prosecution of disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes for fraud is motivated by sexism.
“Indeed, as Ms. Holmes’s trial for fraud continues in San Jose, it’s clear that two things can be true. She should be held accountable for her actions as chief executive of Theranos. And it can be sexist to hold her accountable for alleged serious wrongdoing and not hold an array of men accountable for reports of wrongdoing or bad judgment,” Pao wrote in the Wednesday op-ed.
Holmes was widely hailed as a precocious female visionary in the vein of Steve Jobs, until a series of Wall Street Journal investigations revealed she’d been lying about her purportedly groundbreaking blood-testing technology.