Celebrated Women

There are many accomplished Emma Willard School alumnae—both in history and today.
Emma Girls from across generations share a commitment to serving and shaping their world. 
Emma Willard School proudly boasts the achievements of our vast alumnae network, including historic trailblazers, experts, and philanthropists, while recognizing the women who are making a difference in their local communities and the world at large today. 

Distinguished Alumna Awards

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  • Distinguished Alumna Award (25 or more years out)

    Honors an alumna, who graduated 25 or more years ago, for embodying the values core to Emma Willard’s vision, including a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.

    This accomplished alumna is an empowered leader in the community, empowering other women to follow in her footsteps. For some nominees, this may mean she has achieved a significant level of achievement and excellence in her field of interest. Perhaps building on a passion or experience first identified at Emma, she is recognized for her expertise and accomplishments, motivating and inspiring others to similarly pursue those interests. For other candidates, this award means that she has engaged in either a professional or personal endeavor with integrity, creativity, smarts, and energy; she has contributed positive, long-lasting change within her community, leading and inspiring others.
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  • Young Alumna Award (5 to 20 years out)

    Honors an alumna who has graduated within the past 20 years, for embodying one or more values core to Emma Willard’s vision, including a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape their world.

    This outstanding young alumna has become an empowered woman in the community. For some nominees, this may mean she has continued to pursue and excel in the individualized journey begun at Emma Willard’s campus. She is empowered by what she knows and accomplishes. For other candidates, this award will mean she has demonstrated the character and leadership fostered during the Emma Willard experience to discover and conquer new challenges, working to create positive change and to improve the world around her.
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  • Service to Emma Willard Award

    Honors an alumna who has demonstrated extraordinary interest in the school through dedicated volunteer service that has inspired others.
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  • Past DAA Recipients

Prominent Alumnae

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  • Authors

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton Troy Female Seminary, 1832
    The Woman's Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective
    Solitude of Self
    Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897
    Alma Lutz 1908
    Created Equal (A biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1902)
    Susan B. Anthony - Rebel, Crusader, Humanitarian
    Emma Willard: Pioneer Educator of American Women
    Emma Willard: Daughter of Democracy
    Parmenia Migel Ekstrom '26
    Great Ballet Stars in Historic Photographs: 248 Portraits of Dancers, 1855 to 1955
    The Ballerinas: From the Court of Louis XIV to Pavlova (A Da Capo paperback)
    Great Ballet Prints of the Romantic Era
    Sara Babbitt Stamm '34
    The Park Avenue Cookbook
    Yankee Magazine's Favorite New England Recipes
    Peggy Elliott Wayburn '35
    Edge of Life; The World of the Estuary (A Landform book)
    Adventuring in the San Francisco Bay Area: Counties of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo (Third Edition)
    Adventuring in Alaska: The Ultimate Travel Guide to the Great Land (Fourth Edition)
    Jean Rogers Smith '38
    Hyacinth from Limbo and Other Stories
    Rose Bird Waterman '39
    Maynard S. Bird: The Saga of a Maine Son
    Cornelia Heisler Bonsack '40
    Parody Murder Case
    The Downside of Everest: An Amber Family Mystery
    Louise Powelson Dudley '40
    (writing as Adeline Palen)
    Death Among the Lilacs
    Libby Pockman Hughes '50
    The John Grisham Story: From Baseball to Bestsellers
    Nelson Mandela: Voice of Freedom
    Tiger Woods: A Biography for Kids
    Madam Prime Minister: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher (People in Focus)
    Benazir Bhutto: From Prison to Prime Minister (People in Focus Book)
    West Point
    Norman Schwartzkopf: Hero with a Heart
    American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Christopher Reeve
    Valley Forge
    Yitzhak Rabin: From Soldier to Peacemaker
    George W. Bush: From Texas to the White House (Great Life Stories-Political Figures)
    Ronald Reagan: From Sports to Movies to Politics
    Barack Obama: Voice of Unity, Hope, and Change
    Polly Ormsby Longsworth '51
    The World of Emily Dickinson
    The Dickinsons of Amherst
    Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair and the Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd
    I, Charlotte Forten, Black and Free
    Emily Dickinson: Her Letter to the World
    Claiborne Watkins Dawes '53
    Concord: Then & Now (MA) (Then & Now)
    A Different Drummer (Adventures in History)

    Sybill Groff '53
    Katherine Stone Ayers '54
    From Frozenness to Freedom: A Healing Journey
    Jane Fonda '55
    My Life So Far
    Helaine Shoag Greenberg ‘55
    Voices from Vilna
    Nancy Veeder '55
    Managed Care Services: Policy, Programs, and Research
    Marketing Human Services: Selling Your Services Under Managed Care
    Women's Decision-Making: Common Themes . . . Irish Voices
    Nurse-Social Worker Collaboration in Managed Care: A Model of Community Case Management
    Margaret Lang Bauman '56
    The Neurobiology of Autism (The Johns Hopkins Series in Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
    Victoria Bogle Secunda '57
    When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends: Resolving the Most Complicated Relationship of Your Life
    Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life
    Women and Their Fathers: The Sexual and Romantic Impact of the First Man in Your Life
    When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for Families of the Mentally Ill
    Diana Fong Chan '58
    Easy 'n Healthy Cooking
    Kath Howell '58
    Brush with Reality: Poems and Drawings
    Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson '58
    Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine
    Joan Harlow '59
    The Loaf and Ladle Cook Book
    Harriet LeSourd Wise '60
    Cape May for All Seasons
    Connie Rosenblum '61
    Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx
    Martha Young Hutson-Saxton '61
    George Henry Durrie, 1820-1863: American winter landscapist, renowned through Currier and Ives
    Walter Emerson Baum 1884-1956: Pennsylvania Artist and Founder of the Baum
    Treasures of the Greater Lehigh Valley
    Helen Handley Houghton '62
    The Music Lover's Poetry Anthology
    Jan Windmiller Midgley '64
    All About South Carolina Wildflowers
    All About Louisiana Wildflowers: Your Complete Guide to Plant Communities, Identification, Cultivation, & Traditional Uses.
    All About Mississippi Wildflowers
    All About North Carolina Wildflowers
    All About Tennessee Wildflowers
    All About Georgia Wildflowers
    Nursery Sources of Native Plants of the Southeastern United States/by Jan Midgley
    All About Alabama Wildflowers
    Southeastern Wildflowers
    Beverly Benz Treuille '65
    Managing It All: Time Saving Ideas for Career, Family, Relationships and Self
    Phoebe Russell MacAdams '65
    Strange Grace
    Ordinary Snake Dance
    Ingrid Johnsen Barrett '66
    Reflections from a Clay Jar: a memoir through the eyes of faith
    Catherine S. Kernan '66
    Singular and Serial

    Amy Demarest '69
    This Lake Alive!: An Interdisciplinary Handbook for Teaching and Learning About the Lake Champlain Basin (Shelburne Farms Books)
    Elizabeth Gill Hankin '69
    Farewell to the Enemy
    Abby Merriam Lederman '69
    Finding the Path: A Novel for Parents of Teenagers
    Elizabeth Boswell Sherman '69
    Beyond the Windswept Dunes: The Story of Maritime Michigan (Great Lakes Books Series)
    Claudia Thompson '71
    Recycled Papers: The Essential Guide
    Susan Daitch '72
    L.C. (American Literature Series)
    Storytown: Stories (American Literature) (Dalkey Archive)
    The Colorist
    Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh '72
    Indian Baskets (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
    Alice Van Straalen '72
    Book notes- a Book Lover's Journal
    The Book of Holidays Around the World
    Sandi Haber Fifield '74
    Sandi Haber Fifield: Between Planting and Picking
    Debra Aaronson Lawless '77
    Chatham in the Jazz Age
    Chatham: From the Second World War to the Age of Aquarius
    Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village (Brief History)
    Esther Fikre-Sellassie Antohin '80
    Ethiopians & Rastafari

    Mary Heimann '80

    Catholic Devotion in Victorian England (Oxford Historical Monographs)
    Czechoslovakia: The State That Failed
    Jennifer Irwin '80
    A Dress the Color of the Sky

    Ann Marie Plane '81
    Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England
    Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions: The Early Modern Atlantic World
    Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England: Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
    Tory Dietel Hopps '81
    Elizabeth Cody Kimmel '82
    Suddenly Supernatural: Unhappy Medium
    Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Kat
    School Spirit (Suddenly Supernatural)
    What Do You Dream?
    Lily B. on the Brink of Paris
    Lily B. on the Brink of Cool
    Lily B. on the Brink of Love
    Spin the Bottle
    Balto and the Great Race (Totally True Adventures) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
    Mary Ingalls on Her Own (Little House Sequel)
    Before Columbus: The Leif Eriksson Expedition (Landmark Books)
    The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers (Look-It-Up Books)
    As Far as the Eye Can Reach (Landmark Books)
    Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition
    Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None
    In the Stone Circle
    My Wagon Will Take Me Anywhere (Radio Flyer)
    Visiting Miss Caples
    One Sky Above Us (Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill Cody)
    Dinosaur Bone War: Cope and Marsh's Fossil Feud (Landmark Books)
    The Top Job
    To the Frontier (The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill, 1)
    Kirsten Rutnik Gillibrand '84
    Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World
    Raise Your Voice, Change the World Off the Sidelines (Hardback) - Common
    Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
    Sheryl Nowitz '84
    Mastering DC: A newcomer's guide to living in Washington
    Lisa Schlansker Kolosek '87
    The Invention of Chic: Therese Bonney and Paris Moderne (ISBN: 0500510962)
    Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton '87
    Everything I Understand
    Betsy DuWaldt '87
    Web Services: A Technical Introduction 1st edition by Deitel, Harvey M., Deitel, Paul, DuWaldt, B., Trees, L. K. (2002)
    Susan Moss Burch '89
    Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II (History of Disability Paperback)
    Encyclopedia of American Disability History (3 Volume set)
    Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (Caravan Book)
    Alana Stevenson ’89
    Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog
    Hillary Webb Smith '90
    Traveling Between the Worlds: Conversations with Contemporary Shamans
    Exploring Shamanism (Exploring Series)
    Jessica Todd Harper '93
    Jessica Todd Harper: Interior Exposure
    Heather Duffy-Stone '95
    This Is What I Want to Tell You
    Fighter's Alley (Bareknuckle)

    Joshunda Sanders '96
    I Can Write the Wolrd 

    Sierra Crane Murdoch '05
    Yellow Bird
  • Business, Government, Philanthropy

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1832
    (Troy Female Seminary)
    Women’s rights activist

    Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage 1847
    (Troy Female Seminary)
    Philanthropist, founded Russell Sage College for women in 1916

    Mary Arthur 1857
    (Troy Female Seminary)
    Sister of President Chester Arthur, served as First Lady during his term

    Mrs. Marshall Field (Nancy Scott) 1857
    (Troy Female Seminary)

    Mrs. Cyrus McCormick (Nettie Fowler) 1853
    (Troy Female Seminary)

    Lily Price 1872
    Duchess of Marlborough (later Lady Beresford)

    Clementine Miller Tangeman ’23

    Helen Snell Cheel ’23

    Jane Seddon Willson ’41
    Pecan farmer, statewide business leader in Georgia, first female board member of Bell South

    Hope McEldowney Kobak ’40
    President/co-founder, Kirkus Reviews

    Sue McKee Wierengo ’49
    Founder, Michigan Hospice

    Polly Ormsby Longsworth ’51
    Emily Dickinson scholar, biographer
    Recipient of Amherst College's Medal for Eminent Service

    Jean Bernhard Buttner ’53
    CEO, Valueline, investment advisory company

    Jane Fonda ’55
    Academy Award-winning actor, citizen activist, philanthropist

    Sara Lubin Schupf ’58
    Philanthropist, former spokesperson for the Sara Lee Baking Company

    Florence Habiby Browne ’58
    Founder/executive director of the Arab-American Family Support Center in NYC

    Kendra Stearns O’Donnell ’60
    Scholar and first female head of school of Phillips Exeter Academy 

    Jameson Adkins Baxter ’61
    Investment banker, served concurrently as Board president for Mount Holyoke College and Emma Willard School 

    Michael Gage ’61
    Administrative judge in charge of the 47 family courts in New York City

    Mary Lake Polan ’61
    First female chair of clinical department at Stanford University Medical School

    Jennifer von Mayrhauser Cottrell ’65
    Emmy-nominated costume designer who has received an Obie for Sustained Excellence

    Elizabeth L. Colton ’66
    Founder/executive director, International Museum of Women, San Francisco

    Jane Wales ’66
    International security policy expert

    Hannah Chase Kinney ’67
    Groundbreaking researcher on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Laurie Burt ’67
    One of the nation’s leading environmental attorneys

    Ruth Scovill ’68
    Digital production technology, feature film industry, Oscar winner

    Antonia Stolper ’75
    International attorney, political activist

    Robin Bell ’76
    Research geologist

    Jyoti Srivastava ’77
    Pioneer, restorative dentistry, associate professor at New York University School of Dentistry

    Coleman Hough ’78
    Screenwriter, playwright

    Erin Crotty '84
    First female Commissioner of Environmental Conservation for New York State 

    Kirsten Rutnik Gillibrand ’84
    U.S. Senator

I am forever Emma

Emma alumnae are strong leaders who are committed to leaving their mark on our world.

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