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Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first woman and the first African American to hold the position, will be the 2021 Commencement speaker, and receive an honorary degree and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. On Sunday, May 16, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will deliver the keynote address during the exercises for the 196th

On the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer delve into key figures, moments and policies in women’s history in the Finger Lakes and the U.S. Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer joins the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell,

On MSNBC’s popular podcast, The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, the 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden discusses her career journey as a self-described “accidental librarian” and her mission to make the national library’s collections more accessible. Hayden is Hobart and William Smith’s 2021 Commencement Speaker. The Colleges will award her with an honorary degree and

The late Supreme Court Associate Justice is the 41st recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. During her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate in 1993, the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” In honor of the transformative steps she took over the

The children of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will accept the Elizabeth Blackwell Award on their mother’s behalf. In recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievements and public service, including authorship of landmark decisions impacting women’s rights and gender discrimination, the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be

HWS will commemorate the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine – Elizabeth Blackwell – during the week of her 200th birthday in February 2021. Blackwell’s alma mater, Geneva Medical College was a department of Geneva College, which was later renamed Hobart College and is now Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dr.

Fresh Air talks with the author of a new dual biography of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree, and her sister Emily, who became a doctor soon after.  On the Tuesday, Jan. 19 episode of NPR’s Fresh Air, historian and author Janice P. Nimura discusses her latest book, The Doctors Blackwell:

This week, President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Janet Yellen, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth Blackwell Award, as the 78th United States Secretary of the Treasury. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen, who was the first woman to chair the

Recent acquisitions to the Colleges’ archives of personal letters and family photos of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) provide a rare glimpse into the personal life of HWS’ most celebrated alumna. Among several copies of well-known published works of the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, these new pieces share the story of

Bishop Barbara Harris, the recipient of the 2004 Blackwell Award, passed away late last week at age 89. The first woman ordained as an Episcopal Bishop, Harris broke new ground in the worldwide Christian community while preaching a message of love, joy and equality “with an inquisitive mind, keen intelligence…indomitable spirit and determination to overcome