Bryn Mawr College Removing Name of Past School President From Library
“She served as president from 1894 to 1922.”
M. Carey Thomas may have been a female college president at at time when there weren’t very many of those, but she had some problematic views, so she is being canceled.
The College Fix reports:
Bryn Mawr College caves, officially removes past president’s name from library
Bryn Mawr College has given in and will officially excise the name of one of its first presidents from the campus library.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, following a “multi-year process renaming process” no longer will students see “M. Carey Thomas” on the building now known simply as “Old Library.”
Five years ago, Bryn Mawr decided to keep the library’s Thomas inscription; however, school websites, printed materials and even “basic conversation” henceforth had to exclude the name.
But this wasn’t sufficient for student activists at the Philly suburban school, who included the complete removal of Thomas references from the library — and pretty much everywhere else on campus — in a late-2020 list of demands.
Known as a suffragist and women’s rights advocate, Thomas (pictured) also was a white supremacist who opposed to the hiring of Jewish faculty and matriculation of black students. She served as president from 1894 to 1922.
Thomas had told the 1916 Bryn Mawr freshman class that “[i]f the present intellectual supremacy of the white races is maintained, as I hope that it will be for centuries to come, I believe that it will be because they are the only races that have seriously begun to educate their women.”
The Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees said in a statement “The inscription over the Old Library entrance, initially intended to honor Thomas’ contributions, now sends an unwelcoming message too powerfully placed to be offset or clarified by countering narratives elsewhere.”
We acknowledge the harm and hurt Thomas’ legacy of exclusion, racism, and antisemitism has caused for so many, and understand that the removal of an inscription does not alone redress that pain. We do believe that the removal of the inscription will open a door to healing and encourage the continuing work we do together to make Bryn Mawr a community of welcome and belonging.
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When is Yale going to change its name?
[i]f the present intellectual supremacy of the white races is maintained, as I hope that it will be for centuries to come, I believe that it will be because they are the only races that have seriously begun to educate their women
Ironic, then, that the greater the proportion of women in post-secondary education the more of this bollocks we get.
There you go… Noticing Things.
They should change the name of the school, since it sounds like a drunk trying to say “Bryn mawr beer…”
B . . . b . . . but she was not only a well known feminist, but a lesbian! Doesn’t that transcend any sins she committed?? (sarc)