Dorothy Bowe Collection on Women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The papers reveal growing concern for women staff as well. In 1972, an Independent Activities Period seminar called the “Women’s Forum” gave rise to a permanent organization by that name. The group raised issues of concern to women with the MIT administration and sponsored conferences, workshops, and seminars. Its wide range of activities is documented in the collection in series 2. Also in the records, in series 3, is information on the Working Group on Support Staff Issues.
- 1970 - 1984
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In 1964 Bowe transferred to the office of the Dean for Student Affairs, Kenneth R Wadleigh, to work on two new programs: the Foreign Student Program and also a Women’s Program. The Women’s Program reviewed the status of women students at the Institute and advised the MIT administration on all matters that affected them. Bowe assisted the first director of the program, Associate Dean Jacquelyn Mattfeld, and her successor, Associate Dean Emily L. Wick, who took over the program in 1965.
In 1969 Bowe was promoted to Assistant to the Dean for Student Affairs. Her area of responsibility included the newly reorganized Premedical Advisory Program, which advised and assisted MIT students, both male and female, who were considering careers in medicine. In 1971 she joined the Student Financial Aid Office as Assistant Director, and became Associate Director in 1974.
Bowe’s interest in and commitment to the life and role of women at MIT was fostered by her work with the Women’s Program and her personal experiences as an employee at MIT. Her involvement went beyond the scope of her actual position, and she provided a focal point for women in many areas, such as athletics, where she was the first woman to serve as a member of the Athletic Advisory Board.
Dorothy Bowe married Gerald J. Bowe in June 1953. She retired from MIT in December 1986, but continued to serve as a director of the MIT Quarter Century Club and as an advisor to the Women’s Independent Living Group.
2.3 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)
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- Bowe, Dorothy
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Advisory Committee on Women Students' Issues
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Association of Women Students
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Women's Forum
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Women's Independent Living Group
- Women -- Education (Higher) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women college students Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Preliminary Inventory to the Dorothy Bowe Collection on Women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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