I am an ’84 graduate of HBS. And I’m female, which apparently makes me potentially genetically inferior in math. It’s a wonder that I graduated with honors. Must have been a genetic fluke. President Larry Summers has now definitively proven that he is as eloquent as he is stupid. There is an infinite amount of spurious data that can be dredged up to defend any ill-formed argument. President Summers has now conveniently found a way to not only marginalize African-American studies, but the inherent capabilities of women. A man leading a prominent institution should know better than to defend his own prejudices with erroneous “research.” It’s downright embarrassing.
I will not write one more check to HBS while Mr. Summers retains his job as President. You can tell him I said so.
Elisabeth Harper HBS’84