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Quotations from Women at Penn:
1970 - 1979

Dedicated to the memory of Ruth Branning Molloy, B.S. in Ed. 1930

Many of these quotations were used in Jenny Holzer's Hill Square sculpture commemorating 125 Years of Women at Penn

 

Color photograph of woman running from 1977 Penn yearbookPhotograph of woman's dorm room from 1978 Penn yearbookColor slide of Roosevelt Hotel, which served as a women's dormitory in the 1960s and 1970s

Perhaps by dispelling old myths explicitly defining femininity and implicitly defining masculinity, women will liberate a few males as well.

Mary-Elizabeth Tondreau, 1971 B.A.

1971 yearbook photograph of Mary-Elizabeth Tondreau

Today's woman is interested in an education that prepares her to be more than a housewife, a nurse or an educator. We are here to support her-socially and academically-as she pursues those goals.

Lorraine Minette Howard, 1971 B.A.; 1973 M.B.A.; Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for Women, 1973-1975; Assistant Dean of Advising Services at the School of Arts and Sciences (after the schools merged in 1975)

I was the second or third French woman in the MBA program, and the only woman in most of my business classes, with all the conspicuousness you can imagine in those days. Whenever my name was called every single person (man) turned to me -- being the only representative of my gender and nationality, I was supposed to have an opinion (different?!) on any issue that was raised in class discussions! It wasn't always easy to deal with the sometimes condescending comments from teachers and classmates, but for the most part curiosity, recognition and respect were the most frequent attitudes people had towards this 'daring and original student'.

Catherine Anne Geneste, 1972 A.M., 1973 M.B.A.

Photograph of Women's Liberation Movement protest at the peace sculpture in front of Van Pelt Library, 17 March 1970

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