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spring 2017

Cedar Hill: The “Frederick Douglass Home”

When Frederick Douglass died in 1895, Helen Pitts Douglass devoted herself to making Cedar Hill a memorial to his life and legacy. Before her death in 1903, she created the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association to carry on her preservation work. The "Frederick Douglass…... » Read more

Sonya Stephens

President’s Pen: Spring 2017

If the notion of “return on investment” is a new way of students, parents, policymakers, and the wider public measuring higher education, it’s not a new idea. The value of the liberal arts—and the adventure of discovery that a Mount Holyoke education represents—have always been…... » Read more

My Voice: Becoming My Mother’s Daughter

I am a DES Daughter. DES—diethylstilbestrol—was a synthetic estrogen prescribed to millions of pregnant women, from about 1940 to the early 1970s, in the mistaken belief the drug prevented miscarriage and ensured a healthy pregnancy. Instead, DES harmed the mothers who were prescribed it, their…... » Read more

Helen Pitts Douglass illustration

Right is of No Sex. Truth is of No Color.

The daughter of abolitionists and a leading suffragette, Helen Pitts, class of 1859, fought for civil rights long before her marriage to Frederick Douglass Helen Pitts Douglass, class of 1859, and her husband climbed excitedly into a hansom cab outside the Grand Central Hotel in…... » Read more