The exhibit poses two central questions--“What is Real Change?” and “When Does Real Change Occur?”—and seeks to answer them through highlighting notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees—white and of color—who displayed remarkable strength and leadership in ushering in real changes toward full equality with men throughout the 20th century, particularly during times of campus tumult and change. This exhibit in particular focuses on the university's journey through racial integration.
Moving through this exhibit chronologically and thematically, it becomes clear that exact dates for real change in inequality are difficult to pinpoint. Instead, individual female leaders and groups of UK women fought hard for a long time in order that current UK community members might benefit from their struggle for a better world. And, the struggle continues.
Sarah Bennet Holmes was a leader of women nationally and at the University of Kentucky. Overcoming incredible hardship, widowed with four young children, working through the Great Depression, and one of the few women to rise through the administrative ranks at UK in the early nineteenth century, Holmes served as a role model for generations of women.