two friends, in as many days, have been fired. one in higher ed, one in medical administration. two very bright women. two very bright outspoken women. at least one of them reports up a chain of command that is, for the next three rings in the chain, all women — none of whom (imho) are as bright as my friend.

also in the last two days, two women who report to me have come to me wondering about a rumor (ostensibly started by our own hr staff) that we are facing more layoffs in the coming months. i have heard nothing about this, but then, i wouldn’t.

i’m not feeling very optimistic about things this evening.