March was Women’s History Month, a time when women’s’ contributions to historical events and to today’s society are commemorated and honored.
The recognition began in 1978 as “Women’s History Day” in Sonoma County, California. It was championed by Gerda Lerner and the National Women’s History Alliance to be recognized as a national week in 1980. Then, in 1987 it became an entire month in the United States, and the idea ultimately spread internationally.
Molloy College is a testament to the achievement of women in society. The College was founded in 1955 by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville as Molloy Catholic College for Women. In fact, men were not admitted to Molloy until 1982, and the College had only female presidents until 1996.
As a tribute to the Sisters who founded the College, the Archives Department created a special collection exhibit in their honor. Please take a moment to explore the work of these special women.