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125 Years of Women at Penn

While two more portraits of Penn women were unveiled this month to honor some of the University’s "firsts", a new book--Franklin's Daughters, featuring vignettes of the lives of 23 women pioneers who overcame obstacles to pave the way--arrived at the Penn Bookstore, and the 38th Street bridge was redesigned to include hundreds of pavers and posts that alumnae and their families purchased to celebrate the 125 Years of Women at Penn. $3.9 million was raised thus far.

A delectable version of the Women's Walkway and the Generational Bridge based on an architectural rendering, made of chocolate chip poundcake, buttercream icing and edible gold and silver, spanned over six feet long and was suspended two feet high and two feet wide. It was made by Emmerich Zach of Zach's Cakes & Pastries of Distinction.


Althea Hottel (1907-2000), first Dean of Women, 1943-59; Penn trustee, 1959-69. 1965 portrait by Agnes Allen, in Hottel Lounge, Hill House.


Theresa Lynch (1896-1994), first female dean of the School of Nursing, 1950-1965. 1965 portrait by Edith Rosenow in Nursing Education Building.

Sarah Stevenson (1848-1921), one of the founders of the University Museum and the first woman recipient of an honorary degree at Penn (1894). 1917 portrait by Leopold Seyffert.

Judith Rodin, first woman president of Penn, 1994-present. 1995 portrait by Jon Harris in the Penn Club in NYC.

Sadie Alexander (1898-1989), the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics (1921) and a bachelor of laws (1927) at Penn. 1991 portrait by Alonzo Adams in the Law School.

Jean Brownlee (1911-1995), first woman Dean of the College for Women, 1960-1975. 2001 portrait by Camille Mueller in the Rebecca Jean Brownlee Room, Van Pelt Library Center.


Ruth Smalley (1904-1979), first dean of the School of Social Work, 1958-1966. 2001 portrait by Camille Mueller, in the Caster Building.

Camille Mueller with the two latest portraits of Penn women, Jean Brownlee (left) and Ruth Smalley (right).

Locust Walk was packed with hundreds of Penn alumnae and others on November 2, who eagerly awaited the inauguration of the Women's Walkway and the Class of 1949 Generational Bridge at 38th Street. After brief remarks and the ribbon cutting, there was a chance to see the numerous newly inscribed pavers honoring those loyal Pennsylvanians who have paved the way for future generations.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 12, November 13, 2001


November 13, 2001
Volume 48 Number 12

A 25-year-old CIS doctoral student in SEAS disappeared on November 2.
Three professors named to Goldstone Endowed Term Chairs for Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Lindback Award nominations are due November 30.
Community Involvement Recognition Award nominations are due on December 7.
The University community is invited to speak at the University Council's Open Forum; topics must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary by November 27.

The State of the University: an update on the strategic planning process.

The State of the University: a proposal to create Penn Medicine.

Fluent in Spanish? A resident director for an academic program in Seville is sought for next year
OF RECORD: Policy on Deployment, Operation and Registration Requirements for Wireless Access Points on PennNet.

OF RECORD: Policy on Requirements for Authenticated Access at Public Jacks, Public Kiosks, Wireless Networks and Lab Computers on PennNet.

Thanksgiving Break: Special checks/safety and security tips
125 Years of Women at Penn Celebration: portraits and pavers preserve accomplishments of generations of women.