Feature Stories

Atoosa Rubenstein ’93 was 26 years old and the senior fashion editor at Cosmopolitan when Hearst Magazines’ then-president asked her to pitch the company a new magazine. Forty-eight hours later, Rubenstein presented her vision of CosmoGIRL!

Debi (Vaughn) Yadegari ’98 — entrepreneur, attorney, speaker, author, and mother of five — left her job at a top Wall Street law firm and inspired by her experience as a working parent, she launched MommaWork in 2013, a company that offers professional, reliable, and individualized parenting and breastfeeding assistance in order to support working parents straddling personal and professional goals.

Taylor Thompson '20 is learning about policies and practices that will help her deconstruct inequities in the education system. 

Hey, Upper West Siders, guess which college president is currently curled up on the couch, binge-watching Gossip Girl?* Nostalgia has taken hold north of 96th Street, and we’re all for it, especially if Dorota, aka Barnard’s own Zuzanna Szadkowski ’01, is dishing on how the College helped prepare her for a scene-stealing role on this mid-2000s guilty pleasure. Welcome to #WayBackWednesday, a student-driven series that puts Barnard alumnae in the spotlight to see what they’re up to now.

Mary Sibande — one of the most significant contemporary South African artists and a major voice in the intersectional dialogue on race, culture, and labor — is this year’s Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professor. 

This year, Being Barnard, the College’s sexual violence education program, in collaboration with Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response (SVR), is hosting several events on campus throughout the month to help raise awareness among the community.

This spring break, professor of history Nara Milanich and students provided pro bono help in Dilley, Texas, for her course, Seeking Asylum, a credited, experiential learning experience that gives students the opportunity to explore the political crisis surrounding asylum-seeking families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Barnard College surpassed its own record this year with 9,319 applicants, a 64% increase over the last five years. Of those applicants, 1,051 young women from around the world were accepted to the class of 2023, making it the most selective class ever admitted to the 129-year-old college.

On Wednesday. March 27, Barnard College will sponsor “Women, Clothing, and Climate,” an interactive exploration of apparel and the environment led by Sandra Goldmark, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre and Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action.