For the first time, less than half of the eight class marshals are women.
In past years, Harvard and Radcliffe marshals were elected in separate elections, four from each gender. But with the end of Radcliffe College, all seniors voted for all eight marshals--who were chosen from an original pool of 91, and then 16 finalists.
Although the two female marshals said the gender imbalance could make their jobs awkward, some said that gender probably did not play a role in voters' choices.
Sameera Fazili '00 said she was "very, very shocked and surprised" to find out that she was one of only two females chosen.
"I want to comment on it and talk to the other marshals. I think we should find out what the class opinion is," she said.
The 16 finalists included 10 men and six women.
Two female runners-up who commented on the election said they noticed the discrepancy, but were not overly concerned. "I think people vote for the person, not the gender," said Virginia G. James '00, who had been a finalist.
The other female winner, Gwen Y. Shen '00, said she worries this year's imbalance could be repeated in the future--a fact that could make meetings awkward.
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