One female Harvard Business School professor remembers the year 2007 as the "mass exodus."
That year, nine of the 28 female junior faculty members at the time packed up and left. Three had come out of the tenure review process disappointed. The rest, facing what they felt to be slim chances, either chose not to apply for promotion or took leaves of absence to close out their time at Harvard.
None of the nine women--all but one of whom asked to remain anonymous to protect their relationship with the Business School--could quite pinpoint what had gone wrong or what hadn't felt right.