For Roses, Too


The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, during its time on campus from 1921 through 1938, hosted about a thousand women working in manual labor and the industrial sector, redefining what it means to be a Bryn Mawr student and radically changing the playing field of worker's education. Here, some of the first working class Jewish, immigrant, and Black students were allowed to both attend classes on Bryn Mawr's campus and graduate. The Summer School's evolving and vibrant history is one intrinsically tied to the history of Bryn Mawr College; even a century on, its presence has a profound resonance with the conversations we as an institution hold.

For Roses, Too is an exhibit that seeks to connect today's students to the ongoing legacies of the Summer School on the centennial of its founding, drawing attention to not only the overarching themes of the Summer School's history, but also the nuance of the students' lives on campus and the ways in which Bryn Mawr affected their lives and outlook on the world. While the past of 1921 may seem distant, recurring themes of student activism and strikes, calls for racial equality, outcry against police brutality, and a longing for a return to Bryn Mawr's campus are concepts that current students grapple with to this day.

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