Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer accurately describes the situation of the female graduates of Harvard Law School in the early 60s (“Breyer Looks Back on Sexism Faced by Female Harvard Classmates,” New York Law Journal, May 18).
As a female graduate of Harvard Law and contemporary of Justice Breyer, I can attest that things were not only as bad as described, but even worse. That is because access to the major law firms was controlled by the Law School’s Placement Office, where interviews were arranged for graduating students. We female third-year students were told that we could not sign up. Thus, we were denied entry to the one place where we might have impressed an interviewer and convinced him to take a chance on a female graduate.