Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Bryant University dedicated its Women's Center (located in the Fisher Center) in honor of Gertrude Meth Hochberg, who in the course of her life was a champion for women at Bryant and in Rhode Island.
Beginning with her arrival on Bryant's campus in 1949 as director of public relations, Hochberg made a personal commitment to be a mentor for women at Bryant. She left her mark on Bryant and the state of Rhode Island in several ways, including:
- In 1953, she brought about Bryant's first Commencement address delivered by a woman - Oveta Hobby, the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare;
- In 1963, as part of Bryant's centennial celebration, Hochberg organized "The Status of Women in America," a major symposium to demonstrate Bryant's commitment to women's professional lives. The event was a precursor to today's successful Women's Summit;
- In 1971, as a result of her many accomplishments on behalf of women, Hochberg was appointed by former Gov. John H. Chafee to chair the Rhode Island Commission on the Status of Women;
- In 1975, she became a vice president of the College - the first woman at any Rhode Island college to achieve that position.
The Bryant Women's Center opened its doors in March 2002.