Touring Cambridge, the country's original college town
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Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard's current president( Matt Rourke / Associated Press )
8. Maybe men are losing their clout at Harvard. Or maybe not.
Partly because it had all-female Radcliffe right next door, Harvard got away without admitting female students until 1977. But now the president's office is occupied by Drew G. Faust, the first woman to land the job. And in 2008-09, women undergraduates narrowly outnumbered men, 3,363 to 3,315.
As for former Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers, who created a stir in 2005 by suggesting that women's brains might be less suited to math and science than men's, he's been forced to settle for work as President Obama's top economic advisor.
Meanwhile, Harvard's all-male, invitation-only "final clubs" have lasted more than a century. The Harvard Crimson has reported that several of the clubs (which sport such names as Fox, Fly and Owl) own Harvard Square real estate worth millions. Because they don't offer clubhouse tours, just glance up at the second-story windows as you stroll on Mass Ave. and Holyoke Street, and imagine the chosen few at play.