Ed Driscoll

Elizabeth Warren Dubbed Harvard Law's 'First Woman of Color' in 1997

Lending even more prescience to I Own the World’s Photoshop from the start of the month, the Politico reports today:

Elizabeth Warren has pushed back hard on questions about a Harvard Crimson piece in 1996 that described her as Native American, saying she had no idea the school where she taught law was billing her that way and saying it never came up during her hiring a year earlier, which others have backed up.

But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color,” based, according to the notes at the bottom of the story, on a “telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law (Aug. 6, 1996).”

The mention was in the middle of a lengthy and heavily-annotated Fordham piece on diversity and affirmative action and women. The title of the piece, by Laura Padilla, was “Intersectionality and positionality: Situating women of color in the affirmative action dialogue.”

(See also: 7 pols with Native American heritage)

“There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries,” the piece says. “This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.”

Meanwhile, at Big Journalism today, “Buried in the ‘For the Record’ section, the Boston Globe today admitted that it made a major error in one of its initial reports on Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry.”

And speaking of Photoshops from I Own the World, for your monitor’s safety, please ensure that all beverages have been properly digested before clicking on this link.

Update: Linking to this post, Jonah Goldberg tweets, “Elizabeth Warren was Harvard Law’s ‘first woman of color’? It’s like a Tom Wolfe novel.” Indeed — and note that it’s filed under our “God and Man at Dupont University” category.

Related: Michelle Malkin tweets, “Only in ProgWorld am I considered white, while pasty Elizabeth Warren is heralded as a ‘woman of color.'”