Happy Birthday, Mariam!
The founding president of the National Council for Research on Women, Mariam Chamberlain, just turned 92. Gwendolyn Beetham, a former NCRW staff member, posted a "tribute a gender studies godmother" on Feministing in Mariam's honor. Mariam's many contributions to the feminist and social justice movements include:
Arriving at Ford during the beginning of the second wave feminist movement, Mariam was able to direct nearly $5 million to women's studies programs that were starting up around the country. Between 1971 and 1981, she helped with the creation of the Center for Research on Women at Stanford, the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona, the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan, and the Center for Research on Women at Memphis State University, among others. Mariam also gave a small grant that allowed Catherine Stimpson, who was at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, to found Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, now the leading journal in women's and gender studies worldwide.
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