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How to Respond to a Harvard Professor's Sexism

Liz Dwyer

In 1961 Harvard professor William A. Doeble, Jr. wrote to Phyllis Richman about her graduate application. He said that the university's "experience even with brilliant students, has been that married women find it difficult to carry out worthwhile careers ... and hence tend to have some feeling of waste about the time and effort spent in professional education." Richman went on to become a successful journalist and author, and 52 years later she has responded to Doeble's sexism.

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  • Stef McDonald

    Really great response. Wasting time and effort? F@#$ that. Great to hear that—despite sexism like this—she found success and satisfaction.