Hard-earned Gains for Women at Harvard

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerStephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Harvard's history with women is indeed complicated, said historian Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz in a talk at the Radcliffe Institute. Horowitz examined the University's shifting gender landscape, contending that while the Harvard of today has much to celebrate in regards to women, it still has room to improve.

It’s Complicated

Harvard Magazine
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Drew Faust, Helen Horowitz, and Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen by Tony RinaldoDrew Faust, Helen Horowitz, and Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen by Tony Rinaldo

"Women have always been at Harvard...not only as life's mainstay, but as intellectual collaborators," cultural historian Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz told a packed auditorium at the Radcliffe Institute. 

Lecture Highlights History of Harvard Women

Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Harvard community gathered to discuss the University's evolving relationship with female affiliates throughout the course of its history during the Dean's Lecture, delivered by Helen H. Horowitz. The lecture, one of many events this year to commemorate Harvard's 375th anniversary, included opening remarks from President Faust and Radcliffe Institute Dean Cohen.

Remarks for "It’s Complicated: 375 Years of Women at Harvard"

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Helen Horowitz explores Harvard University’s relationship with women—beginning with the University’s founding, and she contends that the fight for equity remains a work in progress today. 

Former Egypt TV Anchor Says Military Regime ‘Still Very Repressive’

WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station
Friday, April 13, 2012
Shahira Amin, a former anchor for Egypt's state TV. She famously walked off the job in support of the Arab Spring uprisings. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)Shahira Amin, a former anchor for Egypt's state TV. She famously walked off the job in support of the Arab Spring uprisings. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Shahira Amin, an anchor for Egypt's state-owned Nile TV, famously walked off the set in protest during the Tahrir Square uprising. Amin was in Boston to speak at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at a conference called "Women Making Democracy."

Making Drinking Water Clean

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Photo by Amanda SwinhartPhoto by Amanda Swinhart

Kremer, Harvard's Gates Professor of Developing Societies, described his efforts and provided an overview of recent research on the topic of safe water during a talk Tuesday at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as part of the institute's water series. 

On the Page, Life after Prison

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Photo by Kris SnibbePhoto by Kris Snibbe

Tayari Jones, novelist, essayist, and short story writer, silenced the crowd with a reading from her forthcoming novel, "Dear History," in which she explores how the lives of a young married couple are devastated after the husband is wrongly convicted and sent to prison for 25 years.

Women Fighting for Change

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This year's keynote speaker was Egyptian journalist Shahira Amin (right). Leila Ahmed (left), Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, joined the discussion. Photo by Stephanie MitchellThis year's keynote speaker was Egyptian journalist Shahira Amin (right). Leila Ahmed (left), Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, joined the discussion. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

It's the mark of a successful conference that "we have many more questions, perhaps than we had when we came in," said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at the conclusion of the institute's "Women Making Democracy" symposium last week. 

Film, Fact, and Fantasy

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Deepa Mehta photo by Stephanie MitchellDeepa Mehta photo by Stephanie Mitchell

The Radcliffe Institute hosted a reunion of sorts at filmmaker Deepa Mehta's lecture, with India the connecting thread that wove through longtime friendships, feature films, fact, fiction, and magical fantasy.

An Archival History of Women’s Education at Harvard

Harvard Crimson
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Separated by more than a century, these two voices inhabit the same space: the Radcliffe College Archives at Schlesinger Library. In paper soft with age and still crisp from the printer, in cursive loops and cartridge-ink, they tell their stories. These stories are bookends to the institution in which the library is housed, and that which they document: Radcliffe, first an annex, then a College, and now a center for advanced research. The century between them brought a radical rethinking of not only co-education at Harvard, but of a woman’s traditional place in the world.

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