Alumnae Lives

Jamila Wignot ’00
Summer 2020
“Tragedy seems to be the way, in this country, that we acknowledge something wrong is going on.”More
Architect Denise Villar de Castro ’98 and her collaborators stand in an emergency quarantine facility they created outside the Taguig Pateros District Hospital.
Summer 2020
“To see the bayanihan spirit every day in the selfless and generous efforts of everyone involved in this project gives me hope that we can indeed build as one to heal as one through this pandemic.”More
Ruth “Sue” Ballenger Bottigheimer
Summer 2020
“What you see and what you think about fairy tales has been so covered over by layers of assumptions that it takes real research to figure it out.”More
A stack of colorful notecards
Summer 2020
Much is made of the Wellesley motto and its imperative to serve others, but it is a sentiment that rings true for many alumnae, especially during times of crisis.More
Illustration of a woman in a business suit with wings taking flight while another woman on the ground cheers
Summer 2020
Through the Senior Support Network, interested seniors were matched with an alumnae mentor in their field of interest, in addition to Career Education staff members. The program harnesses the power and reach of the Wellesley network.More
Anne Devereux-Mills ’84
Summer 2020
In 2008, Anne Devereux-Mills ’84, an advertising agency CEO, lost her job to the recession, her youngest child to college, and (temporarily) her health to cancer. The experiences set her on a new path. Ultimately,…More
A suffragist holds a banner reading "Mr. PRESIDENT HOW LONG MUST WOMEN WAIT FOR LIBERTY"
Summer 2020
More than a century ago, Wellesley faculty, alumnae, and student activists fought to gain women the vote, but in the early days, they faced campus opposition.More
White embroidery on black cloth of a two-masted ship attached to an external tank and solid rocket boosters
Summer 2020
A small embroidery I made hangs in my bedroom. It depicts a two-masted ship soaring straight into the heavens, sails unfurled. When I study my ship now, I think less of travel and adventure and more about long-term isolation in small quarters.More
A student holds a rose to her face at the student-organized graduation ceremony in March.
Summer 2020
In lieu of a commencement address for the class of ’20, we offer the following words of comfort, support, and solidarity from five members of the Wellesley community. We hope that they find solace in the knowledge that wherever they are in the world and wherever their lives take them, Wellesley will be there.More
President
Summer 2020
Hope was manifest in this community when it rallied around Rana Zoe. Now, we must show this same power as we step up as citizens.More