Celebrating, learning from and expanding our horizons with Columbia alumnae who are making a difference in our world. This promises to be an inspiring weekend celebrating our powerful network of women, whose Columbia connections broaden our impact in the world -- personally and professionally.
“She Opened the Door” is a tribute to Winifred Edgerton Merrill. She was the first woman to receive a degree from Columbia University, opening the door for women to gain admission to Columbia's graduate and professional Schools at a time when co-education for women was under heavy debate. Merrill received a PhD in Mathematics from the University in 1886 by unanimous vote of the board of trustees. Additionally, she was the first American woman to receive a PhD in mathematics. In 1933, the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Wellesley College, the Wellesley class of 1883 gave Columbia a portrait with the inscription underneath, "She opened the door."
As this conference is currently sold out to alumni we will be live streaming Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Keynote address on Sunday, February 11 from 1:15-2:30 p.m.