Female Alumni – Success Stretches Over Many Decades

From the beginning, women at Berea College have lived and learned alongside men. During Women’s History Month, we focus this week on several women who were educated here before pursuing successful careers in diverse fields. These few individuals listed here represent the thousands more who also used their Berea education to influence their world. Continue reading Female Alumni – Success Stretches Over Many Decades

Berea’s Fearless Female Founders

Women were equal partners in the founding of Berea College community. Shoulder to shoulder with their husbands, Matilda Fee and Elizabeth Rogers were integral players in the challenging drama of Berea’s earliest years.

Establishing any community in an untamed wilderness that had to be cleared of dense thickets was a notable accomplishment, one that required perseverance and lots of hard work. Yet, an even greater accomplishment was establishing a community here based on the equality of all people. In Kentucky during the pre-Civil War era, mainstream society considered it radical – almost unimaginable – to acknowledge blacks and whites, and women and men, as social equals. Continue reading Berea’s Fearless Female Founders