A little about Smith from their webpage:
- Smith College is a distinguished liberal arts college committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate education for women to enable them to develop their intellects and talents and to participate effectively and fully in society.
- The college began more than 140 years ago in the mind and conscience of a New England woman. The sum of money used to buy the first land, erect the first buildings and begin the endowment was the bequest of Sophia Smith. When she inherited a large fortune at age 65, Sophia Smith decided, after much deliberation and advice, that leaving her inheritance to found a women’s college was the best way for her to fulfill the moral obligation she expressed so eloquently in her will: “I hereby make the following provisions for the establishment and maintenance of an Institution for the higher education of young women, with the design to furnish for my own sex means and facilities for education equal to those which are afforded now in our colleges to young men.”
- Smith has changed much since its founding in 1871. But throughout its history there have been certain enduring constants: an uncompromising defense of academic and intellectual freedom, an attention to the relation between college education and the larger public issues of world order and human dignity, and a concern for the rights and privileges of women.
Is Smith still a women’s college?Yes. Smith College’s mission—to educate women of promise for lives of distinction—remains unchanged. The board’s decision reaffirms this mission in light of society’s evolving understanding of female identity. (Think about that for a second, a university whose claim to fame is providing a higher education for women, yet cannot understand nor separate science and social constructs-particularly constructs whose sole aim is advancing misogyny).
Are trans women eligible for admission to Smith?Applicants who were
Are trans men eligible for admission?Smith does not accept applications from men. Those
Under this newly clarified policy, what is required of applicants to be considered for admission?Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. To be considered for admission, applicants must select ‘female’ on the Common Application.
Are applicants who identify as genderqueer or gender non-binary eligible for admission?Our focus on women’s education means that we consider for admission applicants who identify as women and who seek entrance into a community dedicated to women’s education. (Butch lesbians, dykes, tomboys or any female that doesnt conform to the Gender Straight Jacket isnt welcome at Smith. Because these young women are female, call themselves female, Smith cannot exclude them on paper. But clearly from this question and Smith's answer of it, it is obvious women who challenge gender norms and buck the system are not welcome at Smith.)
What is the impact of this decision on students who transition during their time at Smith?The admission policy does not affect students who transition during their time at Smith. Once admitted, every student has the full support of the college and this includes transmen. And any student who completes the college’s graduation requirements will be awarded a Smith degree and welcomed into the Alumnae Association of Smith College.
Not so coincidentally the current Smith president Kathleen McCartney, is a member/supporter/believer and peddler of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. McCartney's psycho/logical influences have clearly blinded her, putting instead the dis/ease of a few choice males and dykes over that of 3,000 young women per year. Young women who worked their rear ends off to earn a Smith scholarship or whose parents paid through the nose ($65,000 a year) so that housemates, curricula, teachers and general Smith school life would be fully geared to and toward females. Giving young women a four year respite from the misogyny and sexism awaiting them beyond Smith's womb, while also preparing them to withstand and defeat long held sexist standards once they leave.
Smith's website surmises: "Were Sophia Smith to revisit Northampton, she would no doubt find her vision realized, as students at her college prepare themselves for exemplary lives of service and leadership."
Sophia Smith's vision for women's education at Smith is not only NOT realised, it has had its pretty head pulled back by the hair revealing its nude neck and had its throat cut! When Smith women are bullied, intimidated and forced by Smith leaders/policy makers to declare what should be the obvious such as this:
Edit to add-If any other brave Smithies want their forced pronoun pictures added here-email them to me at Thedirtfromdirt@yahoo.com. WOMEN MATTER!