Creating the Future We Want

November 9, 2016
President Johnson speaks at Wellesley's Election Watch Event

Dear Wellesley community,

For many of us hoping to see our first woman president, this election has surprised and disappointed us. But the Wellesley spirit is indomitable, and it is in this spirit that I wanted to express to you my feeling of resolve—a powerful resolve to transform this moment into a call for action. Though it may seem impossible in the rush of emotions many of us have felt over the last several hours, this must become one of those rare moments of clarity for us as a community that we cannot let pass.

We must reaffirm our most deeply felt values as a community: equity, social justice, the embracing of difference, the search for knowledge based on fact, the demand for civil discourse that is inclusive while challenging in its rigor. Through our actions, our ethics and our perseverance in the face of obstacles, we must show the world that at Wellesley we believe in a path forward for every single person, no matter your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and no matter what country you came from, your immigration status, socioeconomic background, or political affiliation.

And perhaps at the heart of all of this stands our conviction that women’s leadership is the surest way to change the world for the better. We are uniquely qualified—and compelled by our mission—to move forward with our work to close the gaps that many women still experience. We must continue to strive for full equity for women, now more than ever.

It is up to us to create the future we want.

President Paula Johnson