Women's History Month: Inspired by women of the past and the present
March is National Women’s History Month, designated to recognize achievements by women often overlooked by others. We wanted to know who provided inspiration for some of Brandman’s women leaders, either from history, in the classroom or at work.
Jane Addams, born in 1860, was the co-founder of Hull House in Chicago, the first settlement house for the poor immigrant population in Chicago. She established the National Federation of Settlements and served as president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was the first female president of the National Conference of Social Work and she was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
“Jane Addams inspires me because, like her, I am the first college-educated women in my family. Although I will never accomplish the amazing feats that Jane accomplished, I will continue to work hard in my chosen field of social work and pass on the legacy of such a great woman to my own students.”
— Tobi DeLong Hamilton, social work faculty member
Known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu or Mother Teresa, devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute.
“Her influence came from service. She earned the respect of people because she was in service to others. The most influential leaders are in service to others.”
— Elise Boggs, Brandman MBA grad and Extended Education webinar presenter specializing in emotional intelligence.
An author and nursing theorist, Patricia Benner, Ph.D., wrote “Novice to Expert,” which transformed the profession’s understanding of what it means to be an expert – the nurse who provides “the most exquisite nursing care.”
“Dr. Benner’s mentoring and wisdom has contributed to my own growth professionally as a nurse clinician and educator. I use the theory to encourage me to be a lifelong learner, striving to gain new areas of expertise in the continually evolving nursing practice.”
— Rachel Choudhury, School of Nursing faculty member
A School of Business and Professional Studies faculty member, Helen Eckmann, Ed.D., has long advocated for more women to study business and earn their MBAs. Like many of the students she teaches, Eckmann’s higher education journey began as an adult learner.
“What I really love about her style of leadership is she’s such a go-getter and authentic. She’s so funny, very self-deprecating, which makes you love her.”
— Elise Boggs
Carla Piper’s career includes performing music, writing music, teaching music and teaching teachers.
“Carla Piper from our School of Education has done a lot of amazing work with technology and pedagogy and has been a pioneer in what has been some of our best practices.”
— Niki Santo, campus director at Walnut Creek
Honored in 2016 as a “Champion of Change” at the White House, Ann-Marie Delgado (known as Annie to her friends), is a Brandman alumna and adjunct faculty member in Modesto. She heads the Lift While You Lead program as an educator in the Merced Union High School District, working to break the cycle of poverty, domestic violence and teen pregnancy among middle school girls.
“She developed a leadership program for girls in the Central Valley that exposed them to leaders such as Condoleezza Rice and others.”
— Niki Santo
Photo credits: Jane Addams, U.S. Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons; Mother Teresa, photo by Suma Iyer, via Wikimedia Commons. Book image provided by Rachel Choudhury. All others Brandman University photos.
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