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Women & Power Issue

On joining the club

Senator Elizabeth Warren talks with Neil Swidey about what women can do for Washington.

FOR A POLITICIAN so identified with women’s empowerment, Elizabeth Warren sure has spent a lot of time hanging around male-dominated institutions. The first time she was offered a tenured position at Harvard Law School, only a handful of the tenured faculty members there were women. In recent years, a familiar scene from her leadership positions in financial oversight and consumer protection involved her upbraiding male CEOs of “too big to fail” banking behemoths. And when she joined the US Senate at the start of this year, men still held 80 of the 100 seats in that historically old men’s club.

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