February 22, 2007

Wimbledon to Offer Equal Prize Money to Women

Ending a 123-year tradition, the All England Club, organizers of the Wimbledon tennis championships, announced that from now on women will be awarded the same prize money as men — prompting Tom Zeller to note, “And Only 34 Years After Billie Jean King Beat Bobby Riggs!” A robust debate on equal pay follows in the comments section.

Plus: Over at Women’s Voices for Change, Frances Fergusson, a member of the presidential search committee that selected Drew Gilpin Faust as Harvard’s new president, talks about what Faust’s appointment means for women and the pervasive glass ceiling in the corporate world.

Fergusson recently stepped down as Vassar’s president, after having led the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. college for 20 years.

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