In observance of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Wellesley College president H. Kim Bottomly traveled to Washington, D.C., this month for a reception hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
The March 8 celebration included women from the Obama administration, members of Congress, and leaders of women’ organizations, according to a Wellesley College press release.
Two Wellesley alumnae, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, were highlighted in speeches given by President Obama and Bottomly.
“Women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, throughout her career, has put millions of cracks in America’s glass ceiling,” said President Obama. “It’s because of them – and so many others, many who aren’t recorded in the history books – that the story of America is, ultimately, one of hope and one of progress, of an upward journey.”
The president recognized the bridges that still need to be built to achieve gender equality in the United States and across the world.
“I appreciated the remarks by the President and First Lady,” Bottomly said. “They both eloquently celebrated the hard-won strides and triumphs of amazing women who have dedicated their lives to advancing women’s causes worldwide. On this occasion, I felt as I often do when I’m at Wellesley – exhilarated to be among a group of gifted women committed to changing the world.”
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