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Johnson-Bailey receives Roosevelt Award

Congratulations to Juanita Johnson-Bailey, director of the Institute for Women's Studies, who has been named the 2015 recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award, an honor given by the American Association of University Women for outstanding contributions to equality and education for women and girls:

Established in 1989, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, educational and research contributions, and legal and legislative work in equity for women and girls.


Johnson-Bailey is a Meigs Professor in the College of Education's department of lifelong education, administration and policy, and the Institute for Women's Studies, a unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Her 2001 book "Sistahs in College: Making a Way out of No Way" received the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education and the Sadie T. Mossell Alexander Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Black Women's Studies. She co-edited the book "Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women's Lives," as well as her most recent book, "The Handbook on Race and Adult Education: A Resource for Dialogue on Racism."

I probably write this often [itself a very positive sign] but Dr. Johnson-Bailey is one of our very best and we are humbled by this latest accolade. Her scholarly work and leadership on the most important issues of the day track with those of the most forceful and effective intellectuals in America. It would be difficult to think of a finer exemplar of the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt than Johnson-Bailey. Very warm congratulations.

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