Today, April 10, marks the 139th birthday anniversary of Frances Perkins, class of 1902. Long before women's liberation was a part of our vocabulary, Frances was a trailblazer for generations of women who would follow her. As the first female Cabinet member in the nation's history, this remarkable woman tussled with politicians, industrial management and labor leaders in her capacity as Secretary of Labor, fighting for the rights of working people everywhere.
The Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins (FP) Program was founded in 1980, rooted in the belief that a college education should be accessible to everyone and that the quest for knowledge has no age limit. Following in the footsteps of colleges like Wellesley and Smith, MHC’s Frances Perkins program offers a pathway for education to students of non-traditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but have the desire to do so.
Since its renaming in 1931, Dickinson House has been the focus of one of Mount Holyoke’s most common misconceptions. Students, family, alumnae, and visitors to the College all assume the same thing: that Dickinson House, located at the south end of campus and just across College Street, was named after poet Emily Dickinson, one of the College’s most famous alumnae.