From the Daily Bulletin
It opened in the heart of the Roaring ’20s, when women for the first time were given the chance to leave the confines of home and family and take an active place in society.
Appropriately, a new college for women was started in Claremont by the considerable fortune of Ellen Browning Scripps to celebrate “the wonderful age we are living in and in particular the wonderful development of womanhood in all the practical and spiritual angles of the new civilization.”
Eighty-three years ago this week the academic community of Claremont came together to honor the woman whose generosity created Scripps College and made possible the Claremont Colleges of today.
Just short of her 92nd birthday, Scripps was too infirm to attend the festivities Oct. 14, 1927, but her presence was felt anyway…
Scripps herself decided at an early age that she would play a role in a world that then gave women very little opportunity.
A native of London, England, she came to America as a young girl when her family settled in Illinois.
In 1858, she graduated from Knox College, the activist institution in Galesburg, Ill., that was especially prominent at that time in advocating abolition of slavery.
Later, Scripps was outspoken about social causes and women’s suffrage…