What It Means to Give

Building a Legacy for Brown

Nancy L. Buc ‘65


Pembroke College in Brown University, which I entered in 1961, was the perfect place for me. Brown and Pembroke were big enough to be interesting and small enough to be real. The coordinate structure afforded women great scope, both academically and extracurricularly. It wasn’t until I got to law school that I realized the Pembroke world wasn’t real, that there was relatively little opportunity for women to be full participants in the real world.

Prompted by The Feminine Mystique, the founding of Ms. magazine, the civil rights movement, our own experiences in the real world, and the 1971 merger of Pembroke College with ‘The’ College – that terminology alone could have been our first clue – many of us started thinking about women, and women at Brown, in a way we hadn’t before. Brown’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, founded in 1981, quickly became a leader in thinking about those issues, and was also an emotional home for Brown alumnae – the women of the Women’s College and Pembroke College.

Relocating the Pembroke Center to Pembroke Hall this past fall helps return the building to its original purposes. And I’m both very sentimental and very hard-nosed about how important that is. The topics of gender and of difference aren’t going away. It’s imperative, therefore, not only that we keep the Pembroke Center going, but that we find ways to enhance its resources so we can enhance its role.

Brown’s Corporation refused to fund the original Pembroke Hall so women, led by the redoubtable Sarah Doyle, raised money to build it. Pembroke Hall therefore symbolizes women’s philanthropy as a means of helping to do what needs to be done. I am happy to be a part of the tradition of women’s – and Brown’s – paying attention to the education of women and to teaching and research on women.

»  Nancy L. Buc '65

By supporting the Pembroke Center through an outright gift, or by way of bequest, you can ensure that future gen­erations will benefit from the Pembroke Center’s commit­ment to explore the ways questions of difference affect our thinking and our world.

A testamentary gift to Brown of a life insurance policy, retire­ment assets or a gift by will are some of the many ways to achieve your personal and philanthropic goals of providing for the Pembroke Center.

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