Saturday, June 24, 2017

Student Activism in early 1900s at Bryn Mawr

A post this week by Bryn Mawr, "The Radicalization of Mary Whitall Worthington," provides an interesting glimpse of life for a politically active young woman who was a member of the Class of 1910.  The post is available on the College Women website and coincides with Bryn Mawr's recent upload of four of Mary Whitall Worthington's diaries.

Worthington served as president of the Bryn Mawr chapter of the College Equal Suffrage League and she recorded many details of her activities and thoughts as she organized students on campus and traveled to attend conventions in other cities.  The diaries also offer details of her social life, athletic competitions, visits with friends and family, and her academic work.

The author of the post, Eric Pumroy serves as the project director for the College Women site and as Bryn Mawr's Seymour Adelman Director of Collections.  The site serves as an entry to a collaborative project of the libraries and archives for the institutions collectively known as the Seven Sisters: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley.  The collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and photographs serves as a window for viewing day-to-day life at the institutions over the years.