The campus-wide celebration will include a host of lectures, exhibitions, performances, a special reunion for Yale College women who matriculated in September 1969, and a culminating convocation for all Yale women in November 6-7, 2020. There is no single overarching theme. Each school and organization has been encouraged to develop programming that responds to its mission, history, and aspirations. Many of these programs will highlight the contributions of women to the school/organization and to the larger society; others will focus on the “unfinished agenda” for women; and still others will showcase Yale women graduates and faculty. Details about these programs and events will be posted in the coming months, and an online calendar will be available in spring 2019.
Prelude to the 2019-2020 Year
Events that took place in 2018
March 2018 - August 2018
The Yale Center for British Art mounted the first of three exhibitions featuring women artists. The first was devoted to the work of Celia Paul.
The Yale School of Medicine sponsored a major symposium on “A Century of Women” which included a module on the history of women at the school, and sessions on “What it is like to be an underrepresented minority in medicine?”, and current issues affecting women and medicine, among others. Learn more about the symposium.
The President’s Women of Yale Lecture Series featured a conversation with President Peter Salovey and Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, ’94 MPH, ’00 MD discussing her work promoting the wellness of the Navajo community. She was the first Native American woman to graduate from the Yale School of Medicine.
Sampling of Events 2019-2020
Each professional school is organizing no fewer than six or seven ways to commemorate the year.
The Divinity School is illustrative. It will appoint a woman to deliver its major three-day Beecher Lecture Series; it will organize a faculty lecture series to present facets of women and theology; an issue of its alumni/ae magazine will be devoted to reviewing the contributions of women to the school; a fundraising effort for chairs in honor of two exemplary women emeritae professors will be undertaken; the Divinity School Library will mount an exhibition highlighting the contributions of women to the school; the Alumni Reunion will devote a part of its program to the status of women in the school and the unfinished agenda for women at the school and in the Church leadership.
The breadth of programming that will be offered by the professional schools is suggested by the following:
The School of Management will organize a program on “Women in the Workplace: The Unfinished Agenda” to be part of the concluding symposium;
The Nursing School will host a series on “Female Leadership in Global Health”;
The School Of Medicine will be sponsoring Metamorphosis: Perspectives on Science and Mentorship along the Career Trajectory, a half-day symposium to celebrate Joan Steitz, PhD, who recently won the Lasker award and will give the Second Annual Perspectives of Women in Science Lecture as part of the event. The symposium will feature women faculty from Yale, as well as external speakers, thereby extending its 100 anniversary celebration of women.
The Law School will be developing a major conference on September 11-12, 2019 commemorating the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment; it will bring together scholars, journalists, judges and political leaders to reflect upon women’s suffrage and political and constitutional equality.
The Yale University Art Gallery will mount a major exhibition of, and associated lectures about, the work of Yale alumnae artists. This will be the first time Yale women artists’ paintings, sculpture, and photography will be collectively shown.
The Yale Center for British Art is planning an array of programs that involve both the academic program and public events. The annual undergraduate student exhibition in the spring of 2020 will be devoted to subjects relating to women, and the annual “Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper” show that spring will also be on subjects relating to women. The lunchtime concert series and the center’s film series that year will be developed to showcase women.
One Yale alumna, Julia Wolfe, has received the Pulitzer Prize for Composition. The Institute of Sacred Music has commissioned her to create a new work that will have its world premiere in Woolsey Hall in the spring of 2020.
In the 2019-2020 season, the Yale College Ensembles (Yale Concert Band, Yale Glee Club, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra) will perform works composed by Yale women.
The Yale Glee Club is commissioning a short documentary film by two Yale alums (Miriam and Naomi Lewin) looking at the transition of the Glee Club from a men’s ensemble to a coed ensemble - a specific and visible example of the kinds of changes that coeducation brought to the campus as a whole - and also looking at more contemporary issues surrounding gender in choral singing.
The University Library system is planning an array of events in addition to a major project through Yale Manuscripts & Archives to compile archival material about coeducation into a Library Subject Guide. Plans include a building-wide exhibition at the Beinecke Library on “Women and the Theater” (with tie-ins to groups around campus), a lecture on Women Librarians (which is illustrative of the fact that women staff members’ contributions to Yale will also be highlighted), and banner exhibitions in the nave of Sterling, among other projects.
The Peabody Museum will devote its Ostrom Lecture Series to “Women in Science” and will host a special event as one of the inaugural activities of the new O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall that will open during the anniversary year.