Baylor University to Celebrate Women Who Break Boundaries | Media and public relations


Baylor University’s Women and Gender Studies program will host the Breaking Boundaries Women’s Group from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center.

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WACO, Texas (September 14, 2021) – Baylor University’s Women and Gender Studies Program will host the Boundary Breaking Women’s Panel from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center. Baylor students, faculty and staff are invited.

The panel, comprised of 10 Baylor faculty members, will highlight and discuss 10 women and how their efforts to break boundaries have redefined femininity, said Theresa Kennedy, Ph.D., professor of French and director of the studies program on women and gender.

The biography and impact of each Boundary Breaking Woman will be presented by a Baylor faculty member. The list of boundary breakers and their presenters includes:

• Rachel Carson, biologist, environmentalist and author (1904-1964)

Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.

• Sui Sin Away, American short story writer of Asian origin (1865-1914)

Nicole Kenley, Ph.D., English

• Vivian malone jones, civil rights activist (1942-2005)

Laurie Burney, Ph.D., Accounting

• Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess, poet, composer, diplomat and healer (1098-1179)

Laurel Zeiss, Ph.D., History of Music

• Martha coston, American businesswoman and inventor (1826-1904)

Anne Spence, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

• Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Latin American writer, philosopher, composer and poet (1648-1695)

Parc Moisés, Ph.D., Spanish

• Alice Augusta Ball, American chemist and professor (1892-1916)

Bessie Kebaara, Ph.D., Biology

• Addie davis, South American Baptist pastor (1917-2005)

Betsy Flowers, Ph.D., Religion

• Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, award-winning Nigerian bestselling author (1977–)

Justina Ogodo, Ph.D., Curriculum and Teaching, School of Education

• Marie Curie, Polish physicist and chemist and naturalized French (1867-1934)

Vanessa Castleberry, Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Boundary Breaking Women’s Panel began in 2014, when the United States Treasury Department announced its intention to place a woman on the U.S. currency. Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., associate professor of history and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, participated that year in a Treasury roundtable that brought together women leaders in various fields to provide feedback on the announcement. Upon her return to Baylor, Kellison created the first Boundary Breaking Women’s Panel with Professors to discuss which women should be on the coin.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and nationally classified research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community to over 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Accredited in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and over 90 countries to study a wide range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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