Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History is a two-week program that seeks to engage girls in understanding women's history and a training ground for women's history enthusiasts, this program allows you to explore the lives and legacies of notable women of the19th and 20th centuries
Important COVID-19 update Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College on-campus programs have been canceled for the 2020 summer season to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. Please visit our website or connect with us on social media (@summeratsmith) to be in touch. We wish you wellness and peace at this time and hope to hear from you during our 2021 application season.
Participants in Women, Gender and Representation will have access to the renowned Sophia Smith Collection, College Archives and the collections of the Mortimer Rare Book Room. You will read the private papers of such significant figures as Sylvia Plath, Gloria Steinem and Virginal Woolf. You will examine poet Emily Dickinson’s personal diaries, photographs, and letters. Learn archival research skills, dive into the history of women in the LGBTQ rights movements and gain a college-level experience working closely with Smith faculty and staff.
Smith's exciting precollege programs are for young women in high school who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. In addition to academic enrichment and exploration, Smith's precollege programs are also about having fun. Participants will make new friends, explore the campus and lively town of Northampton, Massachusetts, and enjoy nightly activities in their houses.
Since Smith's precollege summer programs are residential, students get the exciting opportunity to live in one of Smith's unique campus houses. Smith's residential environment enhances and enriches the academic programs. Students will also have access to the dining hall, superb athletic facilities, an art museum, a botanic garden and greenhouse, and libraries.
*Young women who will be in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) in fall 2020 are eligible to apply for the summer 2020 program.
Cost and Session Information
July 19–August 1, 2020
$50 application fee is due at time of submission. The application fee is $100 after April 1.
2020 Program Tuition
Financial payments for all programs is due by May 15. If you are accepted into the program after May 15, full payment is due immediately. Program Payments are nonrefundable after May 15.
$3,385 (includes $660 nonrefundable deposit)
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"I loved that we had access to primary sources about non-white, non-male figures in history and were able to explore our own interests, as opposed to being confined to what the professor wanted."
"I thought that all of the students in the program were very engaged and knowledgeable about feminism and women's history, and they were all able to provide me with different perspectives."
"I liked the way we were able to critique some of the histories we were being given and learned to see events in different lights. In the past, I was never taught that it is okay to question our sources to the extent we did in this program. I have learned one type of history and never explored other people's perspectives of it."