March 01, 2016
As today is Super Tuesday, the day 13 states hold primaries and caucuses in the race for the presidential nomination, we thought it appropriate to kick off Women’s History Month with Vassar suffragette Inez Milholland, class of 1909. Read more about this feminist in the newly digitized VQ archives.
March 02, 2016
When she “retired” from teaching in 1985, Elizabeth Adams Daniels ’41 embarked on a new career as the first Vassar College historian and worked tirelessly for the next 27 years to preserve, celebrate, and share the history of her beloved alma mater. Read more about her life and work in the fall 2003 issue of the VQ, p.11.
March 07, 2016
In the wake of World War I, Belle Skinner, class of 1887, devoted herself (and about a million dollars) to the complete reconstruction of Hattonchatel, a village in France devastated by the war. Read more about this remarkable philanthropist for whom the Skinner Hall of Music is named. Photo courtesy of Wistariahurst Museum
March 10, 2016
Julia Catherine Stimson ’01, the head of the Nursing Service of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, became the first woman awarded the rank of major in the United States Army. Read her description of a week in the Red Cross hospital in France, November 1918 VQ, p. 80. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
March 14, 2016
An internationally recognized pioneer in the field of sex education, Mary Steichen Calderone wrote, “I truly feel that there are as many ways of loving as there are people in the world and as there are days in the life of those people.” Read about her contribution in the winter 2000 issue of the VQ, p. 23. Photo by Andrea Schnall, courtesy of the Schlesinger Library.
March 16, 2016
The first woman in the U.S. to receive a PhD in psychology, Margaret Floy Washburn joined the Vassar faculty in 1903. By the time she retired in 1937, she had mentored 69 published studies with 177 students. Read the tributes published at the time of her death in the January 1940 issue of the VQ. Photo courtesy of Special Collections
March 17, 2016
In 1912, President Taft appointed social worker Julia Lathrop, class of 1880, chief of the Children’s Bureau in the Department of Commerce and Labor, making her the first woman in U.S. history to head a federal bureau. Read the memorial tribute in the July 1932 VQ, p. 235. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
March 23, 2016
Ellen Swallow Richards, 1870: first woman admitted to study at MIT, first woman appointed to the MIT faculty, first U.S. scientist to conduct water surveys, which led to the first state water-quality standards in the U.S. Read a tribute written by fellow alumna Julia Lathrop in the Feb. 1923 VQ, p. 39. Photo courtesy of Special Collections
March 29, 2016
Pictured here is the reading room of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the splendid culmination of a lifetime’s work by philanthropists Henry and Emily (Vassar class of 1879) Folger. In 1915, Emily gave an address at Vassar, “Some Women Interpreters of Shakespeare.” Read a scholar’s analysis of her speech in the March 1990 VQ. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress