In commemoration of Harvard’s 375th birthday, the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity collaborated closely with colleagues across the University to identify—for what is believed to be the first time—the first five women in each School to receive tenure. Schools are ordered by the tenure date of their first woman Professor. The timeline also presents a full accounting of all the tenured women, to date, holding major leadership roles as University Professor, Dean, or President.
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The Women in Medicine Oral Histories are an initiative of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women to document the experiences of women professors in the Harvard medical community, in their own words, and to capture data about the history and development of this community.
Our purpose in this memo is, first, to propose the creation of a committee of the Faculty to study the status of women at Harvard and, sencond, to formulate questions that such a committee might study.
"There's a great difference between asking 'Is there a problem?' and asking 'What can we do about the problem?'," Carolyn W. Bynum, assistant professor of History and a member of the WFG steering committee, said yesterday. "At Harvard in the past four months there has been a change from asking the first question to asking the second."
Most people assume that history is "what happened" in the long ago. Historians know that history is an account of what happened based on surviving evidence, and that it is shaped by the interests, inclinations, and skills of those who write it. Historians constantly rewrite history not only because we discover new sources of information, but because changing circumstances invite us to bring new questions to old documents. History is limited not only by what we can know about the past, but by what we care to know.