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Math is Hard

Diana Davis ’07 reports this math conversation:

Brian: Have you ever actually encountered any obstacles as a female in math?

Me: Well, this one time I was walking to math class, and I tripped over my second x chromosome.

Brian: That’s what I thought.

Funny and true, although Diana’s feminist friends would no doubt accuse her of false consciousness and of giving comfort to the patriarchy.

Those interested in a more formal demonstration of why Larry Summers had reason to believe that forces beside discrimination might have had something to do with the under-representation of women on the math and engineering faculty at Harvard should check out La Griffe du Lion.

But a lot of good that did for Summers . . .