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University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time--Sarah B. Holmes

 

The exhibit University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time is an expanded on-line version of the physical exhibit created by University of Kentucky (UK) Archives exhibit intern and UK History Ph.D. student Jennifer McCabe for display at the 2017 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon sponsored by the UK Women's Forum on March 23, 2017. 

 

The exhibit poses two central questions--"What is Real Change?" and "When Does Real Change Occur?" -- and seeks to answer them by highlighting notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees - white and of color - who displayed remarkable strength and leadership in ushering in real changes toward full equality with men throughout the 20th century, particularly during times of campus tumult and change. For example: white women being admitted to the school, white women being allowed to enter all majors and live on campus, racial integration for women and men, Title IX, and various protest movements. Each of these times of tumult have their own separate online exhibit, tied together by the opening title "University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time." 

 

Moving through this exhibit chronologically and thematically, it becomes clear that exact dates for real change and inequality are difficult to pinpoint.  Instead, individual female leaders and groups of UK women fought hard for a long time in order that current UK community members might benefit from their struggle for a better world. And, the struggle continues.

 

This exhibit focuses the life of Sarah Bennet Holmes, a leader of women nationally and at the University of Kentucky.  Overcoming incredible hardship, widowed with four young children, working through the Great Depression, and one of the few women to rise through the administrative ranks at UK in the early nineteenth century, Holmes served as a role model for generations of women. 

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