Molly Scott '17 Develops "Women at Marist" Timeline & Display

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Performing advanced research is a crucial aspect of academic life at the College. For Molly Scott '17, this process has gone a step further. Drawing upon her expertise as an English major and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) minor, Ms. Scott has created a new resource to serve the needs of current and future scholars. Entitled "Women at Marist 1960-Present," Ms. Scott's handiwork provides an interactive timeline of women's activities at the College during the past half-century. Encompassing both a web-based resource and an on-ground exhibit in the James A. Cannavino Library, the project was a key component of the 25th annual Women & Society Conference held at the College in Fall 2016.

WGSS co-directors Dr. Angela Laflen and Dr. Kristin Bayer asked Ms. Scott to develop the timeline as part of her work as an intern for the WGSS program. Ms. Scott embraced the opportunity and soon found herself exploring the rich history found in James A. Cannavino Library's Archives & Special Collections. Course catalogs, yearbooks, and the digital Circle newspaper archive provided her with a wealth of stories; indeed, Ms. Scott recalls that reading older issues of the campus newspaper was one of her favorite parts of the project. She also listened to oral histories compiled by other Marist students under the direction of Dr. Sally Dwyer-McNulty. These alerted her to the fact that women played a key part in the social fabric of the college even before they were permitted to enroll officially, by way of their involvement in theatrical productions and other activities.

"Working on this timeline has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career,” said Ms. Scott. “This project helped me grow as a writer, a collaborator, and as a researcher. It has helped me decide to go to graduate school and, hopefully, work on more digital humanities projects in the future as well as work with nonprofit organizations. While there are so many things I wish I were able to add to this timeline, I am happy with the results and grateful to those who helped me along the way."

Click on the image below to start your own investigation of the history of women at the College!