Dating a professor in graduate school

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But during that week’s festivities, the Class Day speaker, a standout female student, alluded to “the frustrations of a group of people who feel ignored.” Others grumbled that another speechmaker, a former chief executive of a company in steep decline, was invited only because she was a woman.

A second-year student, a former member of the military, stood in the front of the classroom issuing commands: Reach up assertively! The deans did not want to publicly dwell on the problem: that might make the women more self-conscious.Attracting and retaining female professors was a losing battle; from 2006 to 2007, a third of the female junior faculty left.Some students, like Sheryl Sandberg, class of ’95, the Facebook executive and author of “Lean In,” sailed through.BOSTON — When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visible evidence of the experiment they had undergone for the last two years.As they stood amid the brick buildings named after businessmen from Morgan to Bloomberg, black-and-crimson caps and gowns united the 905 graduates into one genderless mass.

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