'I don’t believe that talent resides predominantly among males, or among the upper classes.'
-- Our colleague, Dr. Louise Richardson (right), in an interview with The New York Times on the occasion of her installation last week as Principal (that is, President) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, an appointment about which IntLawGrrls earlier posted. The arrival from Harvard of Richardson -- an expert on terrorism (prior IntLawGrrls book review) and an Irish-born woman who is also a Catholic and a naturalized U.S. citizen -- apparently continues to raise eyebrows at the 600-year-old institution, which, the Times reports, "has been presided over not only by a man but a British man, and a Protestant (since the Reformation, of course)." There is, for instance, a kerfuffle over the fact that the ban on women at the world-famous St. Andrew's golf club precludes it from extending to her an honorary membership. Richardson put such fuss nicely in its place with these words:
'I see it as a distraction. I’m here to run a university.'