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Lagarde Relives Own Past as She Seeks More Women at IMF

Christine Lagarde’s memory of an interview with a law firm in France at the start of her career still stings after three decades.

Lagarde says she was told she would never become a partner because of her gender. “I said, ’Is that the case? Thank you very much.’ I turned around, left and never went back to that firm,” she told students graduating from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government last year.