Janet Yellen Will Be the First Female Chair of the Federal Reserve

After months of bullshit, Janet Yellen is getting her job. The New York Times reports that she'll definitely be nominated at 3 pm Wednesday by President Obama, who was previously said to be more comfortable with the delightful Larry Summers. Yellen is currently Vice Chair and will be the first female chair of the… » 10/09/13 12:10pm 10/09/13 12:10pm

Larry Summers Out as Fed Chair: So What's Next for Janet Yellen?

On Sunday, Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration for Federal Reserve chairman after weeks of speculation and controversy that he would be chosen over Janet Yellen for a position many said he'd be a horrible, sexist fit for. But now that Summers is out, what does that mean for Yellen, who could be named… » 9/16/13 12:30pm 9/16/13 12:30pm

Sexist Dingbat Larry Summers Might Be the Next Federal Reserve Chair

Lawrence "Larry" Summers is the front-runner to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve when he steps down in January, even though Janet Yellen is more qualified — and doesn't think women are bad at math because they have puny ladybrains and selfishly choose to stay home and raise children. Why? Because… » 7/24/13 5:30pm 7/24/13 5:30pm

Moms Don’t Frazzle Their Daughters with Fancy Math-Speak

It turns out there's a perfectly reasonable explanation behind the glaring under-representation of women in science- and math-related fields and, despite what Larry Summers would have you believe, it has absolutely nothing to do with aptitude — it's all about conditioning, specifically, the manner and frequency with… » 2/26/12 5:00pm 2/26/12 5:00pm

3 Problems With The "Women In Science" Debate

The Times's John Tierney is the latest of several to take the Larry Summers tack of questioning women's natural aptitude for science. Here's what's wrong with this argument, in three easy points that even the simplest ladybrain can understand. » 6/08/10 12:00pm 6/08/10 12:00pm

Female Nominees Continue To Face Scrutiny Over Their Size, Weight

No sooner did Barack Obama nominate Dr. Regina Benjamin to be the next Surgeon General than people started talking about whether her weight should disqualify her from public office. » 7/15/09 5:00pm 7/15/09 5:00pm

More Transitions: Everyone From Obama To Alan Colmes To Citibank Is…

  • Barack Obama made it official with Tim Geithner today, announcing that he will nominate Geither to the Treasury Department. Former Treasury Secretary Larry "Math Is Hard For Girls" Summers is headed to the top of the White House Economic Council and Berkeley economics professor Christina Romer will head the Council of…
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Hillary Clinton Is Everyone's Fantasy, Sick Or Otherwise

There are so many things that change when you become President of the United States — for instance, like the Pope, you lose your name. And with this election, lions are lying down with lambs, former rivals are — at least according to Andrew Sullivan — submitting to the authority of their onetime rivals, and former… » 11/24/08 10:00am 11/24/08 10:00am

Why Sexist Larry Summers Shouldn't Get A Cabinet Slot

Larry Summers was a popular Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration who parlayed his intelligence, academic credentials and popularity into a post as the President of Harvard University. He then turned around and proved that maybe academia wasn't his forté when, in 2005 at a conference sponsored by the National … » 11/14/08 1:30pm 11/14/08 1:30pm

Why Summers Shouldn't Be In The Cabinet, Lieberman A Committee Chair,…

Do you trust this guy to lead us out of the financial crisis even though he thinks women are biologically predisposed to not being good at math or science (an opinion that my sister, the neuroscientist, would resolutely disagree with)? Do you think that Joe Lieberman is a "progressive" and should keep his chairmanship?… » 11/10/08 10:00am 11/10/08 10:00am

Do We Suck At Math Because Of Biology Or The Patriarchy?

Ever since ex-Harvard President Lawrence Summers said that women are not succeeding in math and science careers because of innate biological differences, there have been numerous articles written, some supporting Summers and some trashing him. Though no one has come to a definitive conclusion, everyone agrees that… » 11/29/07 3:00pm 11/29/07 3:00pm