Drew Gilpin Faust recalls her mother telling her, "This is a man's world, sweetie, and the sooner you learn that, the better off you'll be."
But Faust, a historian, ignored her mom. She is now the first female president of Harvard. This comes after her predecessor, Larry Summers, wondered if women lack an "intrinsic aptitude" for science - which left many academics seeing red, and Summers turning crimson.
Harvard, the nation's first university, is NOT the first to put a woman at the head of the class. Princeton, Brown, and Penn all beat Harvard to the punch. But nationwide, less than a quarter of colleges and universities are run by women.
Harriett Woods, head of the National Women's Political Caucus, died last week. She pushed to elect women and to name them to powerful positions. Bill Clinton once called her a "bean counter." But sometimes, bean counting really counts.
Women in power create MORE powerful women.
That's a page from my notebook.