This March, Barnard College and Raising the Bar celebrated Women's History Month at a special event showcasing the College's extraordinary faculty and celebrating Barnard's leadership in women's education. Two Barnard professors who are "raising the bar" in women's scholarship presented their research in urban studies and history at Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room in the Flatiron District.

Kimberley S. Johnson, professor of political science and director of the Urban Studies program, kicked off the night with a lecture on "Why Cities are Good For Women," exploring how the social, economic, and political structures in urban areas can work to women's benefit. Anupama Rao, professor of history, examined urban development in America and India in her talk, "From Bombay to Baltimore and Back Again: Spatial Inequality and Urban Revolutions."  

Podcast : Why Cities are Good For Women, Kimberley S. Johnson

Podcast: From Bombay to Baltimore and Back Again: Spatial Inequality and Urban Revolutions, Anupama Rao

Launched in 2014, Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city's popular culture by transforming bars into classrooms. It creates one of a kind, knowledge-driven events to raise the bar on the content people consume in their everyday lives. Barnard and Raising the Bar celebrated the College's 125th anniversary last year with a Barnard Mini-Series showcasing women's accomplishments and contributions to science, art, politics, and urban studies.