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Founders Six And Seven

May 2024
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Briefly to complete the roster, the last two founders were Dr. Joseph Taylor of Bryn Mawr and Annie Nathan Meyer of Barnard. Dr. Taylor was a retired Quaker who took literally the stated Quaker tenet that women’s minds were as valuable as men’s. Bryn Mawr opened in 1885, dedicated to educating those minds. Annie Nathan Meyer was a twenty-year-old bride when she set about cajoling and charming Columbia’s trustees and alumni into sponsoring a women’s college. It is a tribute to her skill and tenacity that Barnard opened three years later in 1889.

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