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It's A Girl

Ok perhaps that is not the most appropriate title for a post congratulating Harvard for selecting its first female president but what the heck. Not only is Drew Gilpin Faust currently the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; she was also the director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. From Larry "the reasons women don't go into science in greater numbers are genetic" Sommers to Drew Gilpin Faust who has spoken and written about the long and complicated history of women and men at Harvard University is a big step.

Congratulations to all!

PS Ok I can't resist quoting some of what she found including that in 1847, when a woman applied to Harvard's Medical School the Dean assured the governing body that she was "old and unattractive enough not to disrupt the male students' concentration, but she was still denied a place."