The Penn Web's series for March (Women's History Month) highlighted Alice Paul, who took her Ph.D. in 1912 with a dissertation on the legal status of women in Pennsylvania.The SSW alumna went on to chair the Congressional Committee of the National American Women's Suffrage Association which succeeded in winning the vote forwomen in America. She also wrote the Equal Rights Amendment, and founded the National Woman's Party and World Woman's Party. On her death in 1977, at 92, Penn's Association of Women Faculty and Administrators set up the Alice Paul Awards in her honor, and the Women's Studies Program named its research arm for her.
Note: For more information about women at Penn, see the University Archives web site on Women at Penn.
The 1997 Alice Paul Awards ceremony is at an April 8 breakfast at the Faculty Club; email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.