During March, which is both Mercy Month and Women’s History Month, the Women of Mercy series will profile Sisters of Mercy, prominent historical figures, and Mercyhurst graduates.
Sister Carolyn Herrmann, RSM, Ph.D., was the first full-time Sister-President of Mercyhurst (1963-72). Before that, sisters who were superiors of the congregation also served ex officio as presidents of Mercyhurst. Sr. Carolyn is fondly remembered by many for her incredible teaching in the classroom and her pioneering administration. Her legacies were reflected in college transitions: guiding the college from Sister-advisors to a lay Board of Trustees, creating the first public relations and development offices, and overseeing the monumental change of Mercyhurst from a women’s college to a coeducational institution in 1969. The student union on the Erie campus is named in her honor.
Dolores Huerta (1930-living) has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination.
To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.
“We can’t let people drive wedges between us…because there’s only one human race.”