Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.
…Throughout our history, Barnard graduates have made their mark as leaders in the arts, business, government, and science, and as activists for causes too numerous to name.
Over one hundred and twenty years ago, Barnard was the first college in New York City—and one of the few in the world—where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men. Today, we are the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the United States. With our cosmopolitan setting and the strength of our academic programs, the broadening of our global perspective, and our ongoing commitment to diversity, we continue to do what we have done from the beginning with a keen eye to the future.
Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it.
I was thinking about how way back when (and still in some countries today), it was understood by the smart men that there was no point to educating women. Then the smart men realized that a few – a FEW – years of education would help a woman become a better wife – oh, maybe she could later help her many children do their spelling homework, for example. Fortunately, women were eventually allowed to go further in education.
But some people who actually cared about women realized that women were socialized to not excel because it might hurt the boys’ feelings, so they often underachieved or else hid their good grades. They were often afraid to speak up in class or volunteer for leadership opportunities, for the same reasons. Research showed that teachers tended to call on boys more frequently, anyway. So some all female schools sprung up, so that women who wanted to, could reach their potential in a more female-friendly environment.
From the description above, Barnard College appears to get in highly qualified young women and after commencement, they make valuable contributions to society. Sounds like they’ve been doing it for awhile – over 122 years – wow, that’s ALMOST historic, that was even before Selma brought Obama’s parents together four years after he was born!
I remember reading last year that very few schools requested Obama to speak at their commencement – if my memory serves me right, it was only around ten schools. Usually a ton of schools want a sitting president to speak at their commencement. I don’t know how many schools may have requested him this year, but Barnard was NOT one of them. (Maybe NO one requested him this year, as this is the only commencement speech he is giving!!!) This year Barnard had arranged for Jill Abramson to speak.
Not having ANYthing to do with the upcoming election or the declining support of women for his reelection, of course, Obama called Barnard and invited himself to take Ms. Abramson’s place. No biggie. He was right when he told us that he has EXPERIENCE. He has experience kicking other people “off the ballot” or taking their place. So I’m sure the rudeness and tactlessness and arrogance of this move didn’t faze him one bit.
Here are Greta’s observations:
Here are the facts: Barnard College asks NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson to be its commencement speaker. Giving a commencement speech is lots of work and means giving up a weekend – but Abramson graciously accepted. Abramson is a big deal – she is the first woman Executive Editor of the New York Times – so this is a big deal for Barnard. And yes, having a woman Executive Editor of the New York Times is a big deal for women of all ages. She is blazing the trail. Barnard was very lucky to get her as the speaker and my guess is that others wanted her but she turned them down to speak at Barnard’s commencement.
And something else about Abramson:
“We have so many reasons to value Ms. Abramson’s place in history as the first woman to appear at the top of The New York Times masthead,” Spar had said. “From her early days as a reporter to her current post as the paper’s executive editor, she has been unfailing in her convictions and a true inspiration. I am certain that our graduates will be energized by her words and personal story.”
So, look – it’s a lousy school, they got a loser to speak initially (OMG she started as a reporter and WORKED her way up, she’s a peon!). They’re very lucky to have gotten Obama. And let’s face it, how inspirational could it have been for all those female graduates to have to look up TO A WOMAN? Certainly, Barack “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Obama saved the day!
If you want to see the whole text of his speech, it’s here. It’s worth it just to see all the personal references and the sickening way he was trying to ingratiate himself with women. Yeah, it’s no coincidence he “pushed off the ballot” this female Jill Abramson at this college for women. And in looking at articles of Obama the Savior of Women, I saw quite a few of those photos – from different angles – with the large white halo around his angelic head. No kidding. They’re still doing that. Don’t believe me?
OMG, I think I’m going to swoon and faint…..
I don’t want any of you to miss out on Obama’s three main pieces of advice to women, which were especially needed for these loser women at this failing college. So in closing, here they are (with my translations for any people wandering by who may not understand ObamaSpeak!).
1. “Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” (It makes the game more exciting for me when I later push you off the ballot or the lecturn, or cheat at caucuses, or steal your delegates. ‘I got game!” I like it exciting! So you fight for a seat, you study and work hard, and I’ll be waiting to cheat and steal it all away from you!)
2. “Never underestimate the power of your example.” (You go right ahead, as this Jill Abramson did, and as that darn Hillary did, and think you have something to say to people, you go right ahead and think that what you have achieved is historic, you go right ahead and think that its important for 52% of the population to be inspired by one of their own, don’t underestimate yourself, you go for it! Because I will swoop in and pull strings and cheat and convince people that it is only *I* who does historic things, and *I* am what a feminist looks like, because I am the ONE!)
3. “Persevere.” (Keep trying, because there will always be a big jerk like me to come along and steal it all away from you!)
3.5. Oh, by the way, Michelle wants you all to know that women can be powerful AND stylish! Just follow her example! (good god, I worry about these all-women schools; they’re probably all a little MANNISH when they’re not dressed up for graduation! They could all use a nice, stylish boob belt, if you ask me!)