A LONG TIME ago, an editor called me into his office to tell me I would get a job I really wanted. He chose me, he said, because I was the best person for the position. But he also let me know he planned to tell the man who was not chosen that I was selected because I am a woman.
It hurt. So I understand Senator Elizabeth Warren’s reluctance to attribute her professional advancement to anything but sheer ability. Still, her continued refusal to acknowledge the significance of identifying herself as a minority back when she was an ambitious law professor trying to break into the Ivy League is disingenuous.