In Memoriam: Mariam Kenosian Chamberlain 1918-2013

chamberlainMariam Chamberlain, the founder and former president of the National Council for Research on Women, had died in New York City. She was 94 years old.

Known in academic circles as the “fairy godmother of women’s studies,” Dr. Chamberlain, in her role as program director for higher education at the Ford Foundation from 1971 to 1981, provided grants that helped finance the new academic discipline of women’s studies. These grants included funding for the Feminist Press and the Center for Women Policy Studies.

Dr. Chamberlain was a graduate of Radcliffe College and earned a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University. She taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, and Columbia University before joining the staff at the Ford Foundation in 1956.

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