Award: President Rodin
Judith Rodin will be recognized for "her outstanding accomplishments
in the area of women's progress" when she receives The Beacon
Award during the 125th-anniversary celebration of the admission
of women students to Penn. The celebration will be November 1-2.
The Beacon Award, presented by the Trustees' Council of Penn
Women, is given to an outstanding woman or man who, or institution
that, has displayed exemplary leadership in furthering the advancement
of women through dedicated pursuit of and commitment to issues affecting
Dr. Rodin, who has been the University's president since 1994,
is the first alumna to serve as president of Penn and the first
woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution.
Rodin represents a true role model for all those involved in furthering
the cause of women's rights and opportunities," said Chris
Hikawa, chair of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women. "We
look forward to many more years of her leadership in the continuing
effort to enhance the status of women in our society."
Rodin holds appointments on the faculty as professor of psychology
in SAS and as professor of medicine and psychiatry in the School
her contributions to the field of psychology, she was recognized
by American Health for Women as a "trailblazer" who has
made the United States a "healthier place for women."
Her research interest has focused on the relationship between psychology
and biological processes in human health and behavior. She has published
more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, and is the author
or co-author of 10 books, including Body Traps, which examines
the role of physical appearance in the psychological health of women.
recipients of The Beacon Award include U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton; Virginia Knauer, special assistant to the president for
consumer affairs, 1969-1977 and 1981-88 and the first Republican
woman to be elected to the Philadelphia City Council; Claire Fagin,
professor emerita and dean emerita of the Penn School of Nursing
and interim president at Penn in 1993-94; and Al Shoemaker, who
chaired the University's Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1994
and was the inspiration for the founding of the Trustees' Council
of Penn Women.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 8, October 16, 2001