Another reader, this one from Delray Beach, Florida, offered up a real gem: "Since Eden, when trouble hits, it's the woman's fault."

And then there was the predictable boilerplate that it is all the fault of affirmative action, which is a stretch for anyone who has looked at Drew's qualifications. "Too often women who are not qualified are promoted to help fill quotas and to make things "look good," the reader, from New Fairfield, Ct., wrote. "Here is the consequence."

I'd beg to differ, of course. But I will offer up my own prediction of a consequence. Drew, the executive who made big mistakes, resigned and cried, was the rare top Wall Street woman known for helping female coworkers get ahead. So we will have less of that now. And there wasn't much of it to begin with. It's enough to make a girl weep.

Susan Antilla is a freelance writer and columnist at Bloomberg View.

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