On Friday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the National Women’s Hall of Fame will present its Keeper of the Flame award to Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14.
The presentation is part of the Hall’s 2019 induction announcement ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. at Lotte New York Palace in Manhattan. The ceremony will feature a special appearance by Hall inductee Donna de Varona, Olympic gold medalist swimmer, renowned TV sportscaster, and champion for expanding women’s opportunities in sports. De Varona will deliver remarks and read the list of 2019 Hall inductees.
The Keeper of the Flame award, which the Hall established in 2005, honors distinguished women within communities around the country who have not been inducted to the Hall. The award takes its name from the 1977 relay race from Seneca Falls to the site of that year’s National Women’s Conference in Houston, a distance of 2,600 miles. A torch with a symbolic flame was passed between more than 1,000 runners, including de Varona. This same torch will be passed to Wickenden, the 2019 Keeper of the Flame.
Before joining The New Yorker, Wickenden spent 15 years at The New Republic, first as managing editor and later as executive editor. Wickenden went on to serve as national affairs editor of Newsweek before moving to The New Yorker in 1995. In addition to her role as executive editor, which she has held since 1996, she is the moderator of The New Yorker’s weekly podcast, “The Political Scene.” Wickenden will deliver the 2019 Hobart and William Smith Commencement address.