Students were demanding more women on the faculty, a request the deans were struggling to fulfill.And they did not know what to do about developments like female students dressing as Playboy bunnies for parties and taking up the same sexual rating games as men.The grade gap had vaporized so fast that no one could quite say how it had happened.The interventions had prompted some students to revolt, wearing “Unapologetic” T-shirts to lacerate Ms.The country’s premier business training ground was trying to solve a seemingly intractable problem.Year after year, women who had arrived with the same test scores and grades as men fell behind.
They rounded out the case-study method, in which professors cold-called students about a business’s predicament, with a new course called Field, which grouped students into problem-solving teams.
Women at the school finally felt like, “ ‘Hey, people like me are an equal part of this institution,’ ” said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a longtime professor.
And yet even the deans pointed out that the experiment had brought unintended consequences and brand new issues.
Frei for what they called intrusive social engineering.
Twenty-seven-year-olds felt like they were “back in kindergarten or first grade,” said Sri Batchu, one of the graduating men.