From 1894 to 1922, M. Carey Thomas was the president of the prestigious women’s school Bryn Mawr College. She was also the school’s first dean, according to The Blaze. And though she was a vocal advocate for equality between the sexes, she was also racist and to modern students, that cancels out any progress made for feminism.
As a leader, several campus buildings bear her name and in this woke generation, she has to go. Both Thomas Great Hall and Thomas Library are getting new names. President Kim Cassidy stated:
“While Thomas had a profound impact on opportunities for women in higher education, on the academic development and identity of Bryn Mawr, and on the physical plan of the campus, she also openly and vigorously advanced racism and anti-Semitism as part of her vision of the college.”
The Bryn Mawr College website praises the path for women its former leader helped forge, but mentioned her propensity to look after her own kind:
At its inception, the College was adopted as a life’s work by a woman of immense tenacity, M. Carey Thomas. Thomas, Bryn Mawr’s first dean and second president, had been so intent upon undertaking advanced study that when American universities denied her the opportunity to enter a Ph.D. program on an equal footing with male students, she went to Europe to pursue her degree.
When Thomas learned of the plans to establish a college for women just outside Philadelphia, she brought to the project the same determination she had applied to her own quest for higher education. Thomas’ ambition was the engine that drove Bryn Mawr to achievement—though it is important to understand that while M. Carey Thomas was an ardent proponent of higher education for women, she sought this privilege for wealthy white women only.
As with all of the history of the U.S. that is under attack, “enlightened” minds are unable to separate good and bad contributions coming from historical figures. Apparently, modern leftism requires perfection in thought, word, and deed. And they’re doing great in exemplifying that, by the way. Why, just look at the good work Antifa is doing.