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we made one of those “pass the item” videos for our alumnae club social media pages for may day tomorrow, and it’s the first time i’ve put on my contacts and make up since march 14 when i attended a wedding (also, not coincidentally, the last time i attended a group event or had a passenger in my car). i normally wear light make up to work every day, but working from home means that make up is just right out.

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I got this mystery book bundle from my college bookstore today! They’re an independent book store, and I imagine they’re really struggling because they’ve lost out on three of their biggest sale days of the year with students not being on campus as well as graduation and reunion being canceled. Anyone ever read any of these? 

Book Titles: 

  1. The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera
  2. The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
  3. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  4. The Barbarians Are Coming by David Wong Louie
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  6. The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
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M. Carey Thomas (1899). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil on canvas. Bryn Mawr College.

Sargent regarded his portrait of M. Carey Thomas as one of the finest he ever painted. It is undoubtedly the College’s most significant work of art, but it is also much more than that. In capturing the determination and vision of Bryn Mawr’s second president, Sargent also created an emblem for the College and its promise of rigorous education for women. Thomas is looking straight at the viewer in her dark academic robes, unfettered by the setting or costumes. Her presentation is in the tradition of the academic portrait, where the somber male model prevailed.

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At Last

The weekly publication of the National Woman’s Party, The Suffragist, celebrated the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in Congress with its cover of June 21, 1919. The allegorical figures of Justice and American Womanhood embrace, while the title below, “At Last,” alludes to the long awaited event. Justice clutches the suffrage amendment in one hand and balances scales in the other, as she is finally able to give American women what they rightfully deserve. However, white women felt the celebratory spirit more than women of color. After more than seventy-two years of agitating, women had finally won the right to vote, but “universal suffrage” was not, in fact, inclusive of all women.

Artist: Charles H. Sykes / Source: Bryn Mawr College Library / Text: National Portrait Gallery

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