Request for Proposals: Anniversary Project (oral histories and calendar)

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Apr 092012
 

Staff of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership

The Legacy Center is seeking proposals for an anniversary project for the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine. The project will result in oral histories and a printed calendar reflecting the Institute’s 20-year history.

The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership initiates, sponsors, administers and coordinates a wide range of programs to advance women’s health and women’s leadership. With the overall theme, “Making a World of Difference,” the Institute pursues its mission to “honor the past, enrich the present and create the future.”  It will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013.  Additional details about the Institute can be found in the RFP (PDF) and on their website.

On behalf of the Institute, the Legacy Center is producing the oral histories and calendar. The projects’ research and production will result in video recordings and the calendar illustrating the Institute’s origins and growth. The Legacy Center is seeking services to produce the anniversary project, including research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews and writing and designing the printed calendar. The RFP process will identify qualified candidates for the project.

The full RFP is posted here: http://bit.ly/ducomlcrfp2012apr (PDF). The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2012.

Additional background documents:

IWHL 2011 Annual Report
IWHL 1997 Annual Report
History of the Drexel University College of Medicine (brief)

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Ada Lovelace Day: A Visit from Marie Curie

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Mar 242010
 

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we look back at May 23, 1921, when the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania hosted a distinguished visitor – Marie Curie.

Dean Martha Tracy (herself a WMC alumna, class of 1904) spoke at the occasion:

“…it is singularly appropriate that the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, firm in its hard-won position in the first rank of American medical schools, should greet with profound sympathy and due reverence this woman citizen of a fellow-republic who has likewise won through years of self-sacrificing devotion to research her deserved position as the foremost of living scientists.”

Curie was granted an honorary degree – but she herself was absent on that day due to illness (only the year before, she had begun to experience symptoms caused by exposure to radioactivity). In her place, her daughter Irène Curie accepted the honor; Mme. Curie recovered the next day, and a student took a photograph of her with Dr. Tracy to document her visit to the College.

Of course, the visit was not simply a social call – Mme. Curie was on a fundraising tour. Through a campaign organized by Marie ‘Missy’ Mattingly Meloney, editor of The Delineator, a popular women’s magazine, more than $100,000 was ‘raised by women‘ and Mme. Curie was presented with a gram of radium by President Harding ‘on behalf of the women of America.’

The Medical Woman’s Journal also documented the endeavor it described the lack of radium in post-war France and Mme. Curie’s financial position:

“Madame Curie is a teacher of science and she has a teacher’s salary. She is one of the richest women in the world in scientific lore, but she has given the fruits of her labor to her laboratory. So she could not afford to travel westward.”

In a later issue, Madame Curie’s trip and the overall fundraising effort were described in an editorial as ‘Women’s Gift to a Woman for the Benefit of Mankind‘ – it went on to note that:

“Every progressive step taken by women has been secured by fighting against custom and prejudice; it has been a continual revolt against the established order. That is the reason women make such good revolutionists.”

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