Geeta Patel

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Wellesley College

New Words has been one of the most exciting places for many kinds of feminist verbal, oral and written exchange, from consolation for women seeking a familiar and safe place to readings, book sales, traffic in information and networking that challenged women to re-envision their politics and their lives in every direction. I see the Center as a place that will both continue the work that New Words has done in the past and also lead the organization in entirely new directions. New Words and its resources have been at the heart of my teaching and research here, at Wellesley College in the Boston area. The store enabled my first excursions into feminism (when I was a student), it has enabled many of my students to come to an understanding of feminism, and through the Center I hope to continue those excursions and continue to bring my students along.