Parker has never liked needles, but she didn’t seem to mind the tiny ones that were being inserted above her waist. After treatment, she reported that her sinuses and throat were symptom-free.
“I know I’m in healing hands here,’’ said Parker, who lives in Cambridge.
hands belong to Clare Dalton, who made a name nationally when she sued
Harvard in 1987 for sex discrimination in denying her tenure at the law
school. Usually such suits are aimed at gaining tenure, but Dalton had
no intention of returning to Harvard. In 1988, she went across the
Charles River to Northeastern University Law School and used her
settlement money to start a domestic violence institute devoted to
research, education, and service on behalf of victims. She oversaw law
students who represent battered women in court, and she has received
numerous awards for her work in domestic violence law and feminist legal
Dalton — who since
2005 has been legally separated from her husband, Robert Reich, the US
secretary of labor in the Clinton administration — says their two sons
have had different reactions to her metamorphosis.
Adam Reich, 30, a
doctoral student in sociology at the University of California Berkeley,
says he was able to adjust to his mother’s transition because it was
gradual. “That being said, the first time she started talking about her
chi was something of a surprise,’’ he says. “But at this point, I’m
completely on board, and have had the pleasure of being treated
Dalton says that her younger son views her leaving academia as a vindication of his similar decision.