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"Stories of Women at Princeton" Tour recognizes University's hidden figures

The online tour explores the history of women affiliated with Princeton University, from the enslaved women owned by faculty and administrators in the 1700s to the administrators, faculty, staff and students of today.

  Around 3,000 alumni returned to Princeton University last fall for the conference “She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton.” Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy  

The Princeton University homepage features a celebration of Princeton Women and their stories in the "Stories of Women at Princeton" online tour. Among the women featured in the tour are: 

  • Enslaved women owned by Princeton faculty and administrators in the 18th and 19th centuries. Betsey Stockton, born around 1798, was owned and later freed by Princeton president Ashbel Green. As documented by the Princeton and Slavery Project, Stockton became a missionary and also helped establish the town of Princeton’s only school for African American children at that time as well as the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. 
  • Female staff members who began working at Princeton by the 1870s, like Beatrix Farrand, who was the University’s first landscape architect from 1912-43 and whose legacy still endures on campus, and Charlotte Martins, who worked at the library for 40 years and helped grow collections from 60,000 to 450,000 volumes until she retired as head of purchasing in 1920. 
  • The “hidden” women donors who supported campus construction projects in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many well-known academic buildings and dormitories were financed by women but named for men.
  • Female faculty, from the women who worked as instructors in the 1940s, to the first tenured female faculty in the 1960s, to Shirley M. Tilghman, who was appointed as Princeton’s first female president in 2001.
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