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Authored by Head of School Dr. Fran Bisselle

We are Blazers! Trailblazers! 

March is Women’s History Month and Hathaway Brown is uniquely part of this rich history as the first all-girls school in Ohio and among the first all-girls schools in the country. In 1876, five girls courageously challenged the status quo and asked to be educated at an all-boys school. It was the defining moment that launched our purpose of educating young women not for school, but for life! Since the beginning, we have believed in the unbounded capabilities of girls; that character matters most of all, that excellence and innovation are passionately connected. We have forged a path for young women, creating a program where distinguished academics becomes knowledge in action, where empowered girls build a celebrated inclusive community, and where we share our knowledge and gifts with others who need support in Greater Cleveland and beyond.

Perhaps there is no more important work today than assessing and learning from our past. Repairing is digging into understanding the course of history and seeking to trailblaze forward. It demands grace, courage, excellent listening skills, and leadership. As Maya Angelou once said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” We at HB are committed to knowing better, to doing better—we call it learning for life. 

We are proud that gender was the first broadening force of diversity in our community. And today, we are committed to diversity in even more powerful and complete ways. Our trustees have articulated this in our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging statement, and we bring these words to life here on campus. 

Diversity is clearly a source of strength and wisdom at HB, enriching our learning environment and fueling innovation and growth. For example, 30 different languages are spoken in the homes of HB students and we practice various religions from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and more. At HB, 44 percent of our students identify as people of color. We come from more than 70 Northeast Ohio communities and, politically, we represent many perspectives. 

There is no question that at this moment in history, there is a great need for women of vision and courage who are empowered for leadership in a multicultural and globalized society. HB will continue to answer that need by inspiring our students to achieve their utmost potential and to rise boldly to the challenges of our times. Let us celebrate this spirit every day, but especially throughout Women’s History Month. Be sure to follow and engage with us on social media as #HBcelebrateswomen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fondly,

Fran Bisselle
Head of School 

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