Don't Let Larry Summers Off the Hook Yet
Why the Harvard president's tactless social science was a bad idea.
Clarification, Jan. 31, 2005: This paragraph originally quoted a New York Times article that referred incorrectly to the category of papers being studied in the M.A. Paludi and D.W. Bauer experiment. The New York Times had misidentified the subject of the study as academic papers about mathematics; in fact, the papers being judged were about politics, education, and the psychology of women. In order not to perpetuate this mistake, this paragraph has been slightly amended so as not to quote the Times. Return to the paragraph here.
Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.