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Harvard names 1st woman President

Drew Gilpin was named as the 1st female President to Harvard on Sunday, msnbc.com is reporting. She was choosen after a multi-tiered selection process.

Gilpin does not have a Harvard degree, and she has previously worked in issues of gender diversity on and off the Harvard campus. Additionally, she worked as a civil rights activist on issues of both race and gender. Born in the South, Gilpin says she began questioning issues of race and gender equality at a young age there. She is now a noted historian on the American South.

The previous President of Harvard, Lawrence Summers, had made what some considered inflammatory comments about the aptitude of women in math and science. The appointment of a female President signals a big milestone for some in light of the previous controversies.

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