From the President
March is a special month, especially here at St. Kate’s, because it is Women’s History Month. It is a time to honor the achievements of women — those who have led the way, broken down barriers, spoken for those who were not heard, and challenged the status quo. It is the month in which the world comes out to celebrate the ideology that is at the core of our great institution: women change the world.
For years now, there has been extensive data that shows investing in girls and women — and in particular, in educating them — improves the lives of everyone. It strengthens communities, reduces poverty, improves health, grows economies and fosters peace. No one knows this better than the caring, dedicated women who founded St. Catherine in 1905, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
For 113 years, the Sisters have educated women and modeled the way for building prosperous communities. They often served as faculty members, establishing a tradition of academic excellence that continues today. Today, our faculty, following in the footsteps of the Sisters to empower women, help transform the world with each Katie they inspire.
And while women are indeed at the center of Women’s History Month, men also have a place in this story. Katie men — as students, faculty and staff — are and have been some of our best feminists. They understand and support the vital role women play in our world, while acknowledging that they, too, have a clear part in gender equality.
As we look back, our history makes us proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. As we look forward, our future makes us excited to celebrate it. The events over the last year have given rise to many headlines that have opened up critical conversations around women’s rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and more. The movement that began in February 1909 with the first Women’s Day has been revitalized in new ways.
Through all of this, I see hope and opportunity. I am strengthened by the amazing things we as a community, nation, culture and world have achieved, and by the knowledge that women are often at the center of those achievements. Each day is a reminder of the power of our mission to educate women to lead and influence, and the tremendous impact all of our Katies (55,000 and counting!) are making with their own contributions to women’s history.
In today’s world, I cannot imagine a more wonderful and rewarding place to be than St. Kate’s.
ReBecca Koenig Roloff '76, MBA