Seven Sisters Presidents Post Open Letter to Stephen Bannon

Presidents of seven historically women’s colleges, jointly referred to as the Seven Sisters, posted on Monday an open letter to Stephen Bannon, the former executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network and a recently appointed senior counselor to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration.

The letter makes reference to a comment Mr. Bannon made in a 2011 interview in which, the letter says, he “disparaged lesbians, feminists, and alumnae of the historic Seven Sisters Colleges” using a crude slang word for lesbians.

“As the leaders of the Seven Sisters Colleges, we take deep exception to these comments and ask that you take a more expansive, informed, and tolerant worldview in your leadership role,” the letter says. “Now more than ever, we look to those who would lead the United States of America for a message of inclusion, respect, and unity.”

Multiple groups have signed letters opposing Mr. Bannon’s appointment in the last week, including 11,000 lawyers, 650 female students and alumni of Harvard Business School, and nearly 170 Democrats in Congress.

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