Information about BCRW at Scholar and Feminist XIX, 1993

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The Barnard Center for Research on Women

The Barnard Center for Research on Women was founded in 1971 to express Barnard's longtime commitment to women and to show Barnard's enthusiasm for the new women's movement.

The aim of the Center, articulated by its founding charter, is "to assure that women can live and work in dignity, autonomy, and equality." Twenty years later, we continue to pursue that goal in many ways: by promoting inquiry and advancing knowledge about women; by helping to keep women's issues at the intellectual forefront of college life; by seeking to increase ties among diverse groups of women; and by reaching out to students, faculty, administrators, alumnae, and women and men in the community outside of Barnard's gates.

Our series Speaking of Women... each week brings scholars and activists to the Center for discussions of a wide range of women's issues. The annual Helen Rogers Reid Lectureship honors distinguished women in public life and the arts who have shown a significant commitment to improving the lives of all women. The Scholar and The Feminist Conference joins activists, scholars, and interested members of the public in a day-long exploration of a significant question in women's lives.

To further disseminate the results of the research and experiences presented in the Center's conferences and lectures, the Center publishes Center News and The Barnard Occasional Papers on Women 's Issues.

The Myra Josephs / Birdie Goldsmith Ast Resource Collection is housed in a spacious room on the first floor of Barnard Hall, and is open to the public. The collection contains thousands of books concerning women and gender, and subscribes to over one hundred and twenty feminist periodicals. Collections of published and unpublished articles; newspaper clippings; special newsletters and reports; polling data; information on local, national and international women's organizations; and materials about women's studies programs throughout the country round out the collection.

The Center for Research on Women is open year round, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and until 9:00 pm on Tuesdays. We can be reached at (212) 854-2067 and look forward to hearing from you.