WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS: Wellesley College students will vote Tuesday, March 14 on whether to allow biological women who currently identify as men to enroll in their all-female college. Founded in 1870, the all-female college has produced several famous personalities, including Hillary Clinton, Nora Ephron, and Madeleine Albright.
Wellesley is one of the top liberal arts colleges, admitting only female students for 150 years. He is now holding a vote on whether the application process should be open to people who were born female but now identify as transgender men, as well as non-binary people.
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Paula Johnson, president of the college who opposes the new decision, says she would rewrite its mission “to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women”, according to Daily Mail. Meanwhile, Johnson supported admitting trans women, not trans men. She even said of the admission of trans women, “This is who we are: a college for women and a diverse community.” In the spring of 2021, the college’s student newspaper stated, “The editorial board of Wellesley News once again declares that transgender and non-binary students have always belonged and will continue to belong at Wellesley, a historically female college.” Meanwhile, Student Body President Alexandra Brooks said, “We’re just asking the administration to put on paper what’s already true of the student body. Trans men go to Wellesley, non-binary people go to Wellesley, and they always have.”
Who is Paula Johnson?
Paula Johnson is President of Wellesley College (LinkedIn/ Paula A Johnson)
Johnson is the 14th president of Wellesley College. She was the founder of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She achieved global recognition after her 2013 TED talk, “His and hers…healthcare”, which continues to raise awareness of the critical need to understand gender differences in the treatment of disease. Johnson received his bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and his master’s degree in public health and continued his medical studies at Harvard Medical School, according to LinkedIn.
Johnson also has volunteer experiences as a director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Johnson & Johnson. She also received the National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Champions of Health Academic Excellence Award and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit in 2021. Johnson also won the Wainwright Social Justice Award in 2018 and was the International Forum of women. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Professionally, she worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 24 years in various capacities, including Clinical Epidemiologist, Executive Director, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health, Connors Center for Women’s Health as well as the Director, Center for Cardiovascular Diseases. She was a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School for nearly two decades. Later, she became a professor of epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
“School is already inclusive enough for trans people”
The internet had very good reactions to the survey. One user said: “I don’t quite understand the mindset of a transitioning trans man applying to Wellesley. It seems terribly…self-injuring, frankly.” “I see more of trans men being used as a counterpoint to this, but there are already trans men in the student body so…At the very least change the language of outreach to use students and alumni rather than women would be more representative of the reality of the student body. I will also say that we’ve had this fight before with historically black colleges, and an institution can ultimately accept people outside of its core demographics without fundamentally changing the mission of these institutions,” added another.
Another noted: “It’s very interesting. The school is already fairly trans-friendly — the president describes it as “a women’s college that admits cis, trans, and non-binary female students — all who consistently identify as women. cis men at a women’s university send the message that trans men aren’t really men? Or is ‘women’s college’ not a good description of what they do?.” “Lol, that talk came back from the dead 15 years ago. At the time, colleges were fine with trans men who transitioned while being students, but generally never allowed trans women in unless those trans women were just stealth and the colleges didn’t know about it. . It slowly changed over time, but yes. Nice to see this conversation again all these years later. I think Wellesley didn’t specifically start allowing trans women until 2015,” said one user.
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