Recently, the left’s “War on Women” claimed a very influential victim.

We recently noted that Massachusetts’ Smith College announced that International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde withdrew as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker due to faculty and student protests over her organizations policies.

The economics faculty, who are focused on a subject most pertinent to IMF activities and polices, decry the leftist activism that lead to Lagarde’s cancellation. They note that their students are also extremely disappointed in the developments.

…[A] a group of 13 economics professors issued a statement expressing disappointment in Lagarde’s decision against speaking, and calling it a “lost opportunity:”

Many of our students share in this disappointment. There was a great deal of excitement on campus at the prospect of hearing from Madame Lagarde, who has achieved the rare distinction of becoming a female leader of a global economic institution. We acknowledge the controversy that surrounds International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies and, as individual economists, hold a range of views on these policies and the complex, difficult problems they seek to address. We also recognize the evolving nature of the IMF as an institution and in that context, looked forward to hearing Madame Lagarde’s remarks.

Smith President Kathleen McCartney had said in a statement when Lagarde initially canceled, “Those who objected will be satisfied that their activism has had a desired effect. But at what cost to Smith College?”