Ladies First: Experiences of Black Women at Holy Cross
Black Women's Struggles for Reproductive Rights: Then and Now
September 19 | 4:30 p.m.| Rehm Library, Smith Hall
In the 1840s, Dr. Marion Sims’ experiments on the enslaved women Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey in Montgomery, Alabama led him to be called the “Father of Gynecology.” Today Black women are almost three times as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy than are white women, regardless of income or education level, and the majority of Black Americans live in states with strict abortion bans. How has the history of systemic racism and sexism shaped Black women’s reproductive health? How can we remove barriers to equal care?
The panel includes Deirdre Cooper Owens, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut and author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology (2017); Michelle Brodwer, an artist and founder of of I AM MORE THAN.... Youth Empowerment Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama; Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, M.D., assistant professor and OB/Gyn at Harvard Medical School and attending at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Boston.
Why Women Won
September 26 | 4:30 p.m. | Rehm Library, Smith Hall
How, when, and why did women in the US obtain legal rights equal to men’s, decades after they gained the right to vote? Of the 144 critical moments in women’s rights history from 1905 to 2023, almost half occurred between 1963 and 1973. The greatly increased employment of women, the formation of women’s rights associations, and the unstinting efforts of various members of Congress were behind the advances. But women became splintered by marital status, employment, region, and religion. Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, explains how a substantial group of women emerged in the late 1970s to oppose various rights for women and to champion a different vision for women. They remain a powerful force today. Sponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and the Department of Economics and Accounting.
Lighting the Way Together: Celebrating the First Women of Holy Cross
Lighting the Way Together will feature social events, panel discussions and opportunities for all members of the classes of ’74, ’75 and ’76 to revisit your experiences and the campus where your spirit, commitment, contributions, and sacrifices made enduring friendships and created the foundation for the Holy Cross of today. Learn more and register>>