A Woman Made for These Times

By Carol Paige Rodrigue, FP ’95 on November 7, 2019 at 11:11 AM

“Don’t allow the noise of everyone around you to distract you from your goal”. 

This quote by Frances Perkins speaks to all of us, and it has a deep resonance for women like me who are current and previous Frances Perkins Scholars at Mount Holyoke College. Reaching for an education after dancing with the ups and downs of life can be daunting; I still remember the thrill, the confusion and the challenges of negotiating my dream and the reality of the experience.

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Happy Birthday, Frances Perkins!

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 10, 2019 at 1:32 PM

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.

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FP Focus: Penni Martorell FP’05

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Meet Penni Martorell FP’05, who found a lifelong community of friends when she began at Mount Holyoke as a Frances Perkins Scholar. An art history major, Penni’s education gave her the opportunity to work in libraries and museums, opening up doors to a profession with which she fell in love. She still calls the Pioneer Valley home and is grateful for the confidence that her time at Mount Holyoke instilled in her.



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FP Focus: Julie Ogg FP’22

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 8, 2019 at 8:35 AM

Meet Julie Ogg FP’22, who lives with her family in Belchertown, Massachusetts. An anthropology major, Julie has worked at Mount Holyoke for more than 15 years - first in the Alumnae Association and now in the Office of Advancement. She calls her experience as a Frances Perkins Scholar "transformative" and draws inspiration not just from her professors, but also from the strength and intellect of her fellow classmates. Through her coursework, she has discovered a passion for women's health and looks forward to completing her training as a certified doula this summer.


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Scholarship Spotlight: Tatiana Staco FP'18

By MHC Development on December 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Meet Tatiana Staco FP'18, who came to Mount Holyoke from Brooklyn, New York. A psychology and speech pathology major, Tatiana uses her skills to support others as the chair of Hope of Haiti, a student organization that provides awareness of the Haitian culture to the Mount Holyoke and Pioneer Valley communities and provides support to a school in Pernier, Haiti. Tatiana has taken full advantage of her Mount Holyoke education as a Frances Perkins scholarship recipient. She was able to use Lynk funding to pursue an internship at the University of Toledo, Ohio working with patients with aphasia, a language disorder affecting people with brain damage. Inspired by this work, Tatiana created a self-designed major to pursue her passion in speech pathology. When she graduates in December, Tatiana looks to continue her studies and plans to earn a doctorate in speech pathology.  

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International Women’s Day –#BeBoldForChange

By MHC Development on March 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call for gender parity in the world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over a century, beginning in 1908, where 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Then, on February 28, 1909, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States. (Coincidentally, February 28 is also Mary Lyon’s birthday, whose contributions to women’s education and empowerment are certainly well known!)

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Frances Perkins, class of 1902: Celebrating an incredible 136 year legacy

By MHC Development on April 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Frances Perkins found her purpose by asking not "what do I want from my own life?" but instead, "what does life want from me?"

Frances Perkins 1902 is one of Mount Holyoke's most celebrated alumnae. This month we're celebrating Frances Perkinsin honor of her 136th birthday anniversary April 10. As the first female Cabinet member in US history, and Roosevelt's trusted adviser,  Frances Perkins was an inspirational trailblazer who dramatically changed the plight of laborers in America. The crowning achievements of her life and career are succinctly summed up by former Secretary of Labor, Willard Wirtz, who pays tribute to Frances in this statement: "Every man and woman who works at a living wage, under safe conditions, for reasonable hours, or who is protected by unemployment insurance or social security, is her debtor."

Read more about Frances Perkins from David Brook's 2015 article in The Atlantic:

"Perkins was one of only two top aides to stay with Roosevelt for his entire term as president. She became one of the tireless champions of the New Deal. She was central to the creation of the Social Security system. She was a major force behind many of the New Deal jobs programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps,the Federal Works Agency, and the Public Works Administration.

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Women's Colleges—Fun Facts and Figures

By MHC Development on September 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM

About.com recently named Mount Holyoke among a few "women's colleges that have educated some of the finest minds."

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Women's education can change the world. 10,000 strong and growing.

By Mount Holyoke College on July 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

What an incredible year it's been! Over 10,000 in the MHC community have joined our movement, strengthening the global impact of an MHC education. Throughout the year, we've celebrated those who are making change in their communities and beyond, sharing stories of the power of women (and one chicken) here on campus and around the world.

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Notable women and their alma maters

By MHC Development on July 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM


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