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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.
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.
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.
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.