For Professor Warren, a steep climb
Original scholarship, and singular ambition, drove her to legal career
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Asked why she become a Democrat in 1996, Warren hesitated.
“I felt like the parties were moving and the conversation was moving,” she said. “I felt like I had stayed in the same place and the world had shifted around me.”
An offer at Harvard
In 1992, five years into her tenure at Penn, Warren accepted an offer to teach for a year at Harvard, as a visiting faculty member. But when the university offered her a full-time position the following year, the professor known for her boundless ambition turned it down.
She told the Globe in 2009 that she found Harvard to be a “hostile environment” for women. But in a recent interview, Warren downplayed that concern, saying instead that she declined the job because her husband wasn’t offered one, too.
In 1995 Warren finally accepted a full-time position at Harvard. Even then, Mann stayed at Penn. It would be more than a decade before he was given an offer to join her, and another two years before the Wall Street crisis would bring Warren to national notice and make her something close to a household name.
Harvard, she said, gave her “a bigger megaphone to talk about what was happening to America’s families.”
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