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.
The exhibit UK Women: Leaders in Time was created to be displayed at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon in the spring of 2017. The exhibit highlights notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees who displayed remarkable strength and leadership throughout the 20th century. The remarkable woman highlighted here represenst a snapshot of the strength and veractiy UK women are capable of - particularly during times of tumult and change. Sarah Holmes was a certainly a leader for women during this time.
Two questions tie together the central theme of this exhibit. The two questions are "What is Real Change?" And, "When Does Real Change Occur?" This exhibit charts some of the more tumultuous times the university has undergone; for example: women being admitted to the school, women being allowed to enter all majors and live on campus, integration, Title IX, and various protest movements.