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   Date: 3/24/10 Bookmark and Share

SSC's New Yorkers to be Feted in the City

Trailblazers of New York. Click on images to read biographies.

Dorothy Kenyon

Carmen Vazquez

Constance Motley

Sherrill Redmon, director of the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC), is teaming with Women’s eNews, an independent online news service, in celebrating “21 Trailblazers of New York” with a luncheon in New York City on Monday, March 29.

The event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Smith College Libraries.

Redmon will introduce “21 New Yorkers who made history by championing social justice and gender equality” at the event, which will include a luncheon at the Down Town Association on Pine Street, as well as a presentation and reception.

“Expect to hear the often untold stories of working class, radical, lesbian and women of color activists and feminists,” tempts the event invitation. Each year, Women’s eNews celebrates inspirational women in history through its series “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”

The papers and biographical materials of each of the lauded subjects at the 21 Trailblazers luncheon are part of the Women’s Archives in the Sophia Smith Collection. Among the history-makers are legendary lawyer Dorothy Kenyon; gay rights advocate Carmen Vazquez; civil rights lawyer and federal judge Constance Baker Motley; 19th-century journalist and novelist Sara Parton (Fanny Fern); and journalist, editor and co-founder of Ms. Magazine Letty Cottin Pogrebin.




Fanny Fern

Letty Pogrebin



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