Co-sponsored by Montrose and the Abigail Adams Institute
, the event allowed Mrs. Bachiochi to share her inspiration for her latest work and to honor her mentor, Harvard Law Learned Hand Professor, emerita, and former Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon.
Twenty-five years ago, Mrs. Bachiochi was a women's studies undergraduate at Middlebury College who was assigned Wollstonecraft's 18th-century A Vindication of the Rights of Women
, and you might say it had a profound influence on her life. Even more influential? Ambassador Glendon’s "magisterial book," Rights Talk
, which Mrs. Bachiochi says "has remained the single greatest influence on my own thought." The author described how she used her Rights of Women
to draw a line between these 18th-century and 20th-century treatises and imagine how our society would look if we had "followed the Marys'" vision of women's rights.
Head of School Katie Elrod introduced Mrs. Bachiochi, noting that she is "a featured author in the Montrose 12th grade signature Capstone class, whose latest research on 18th-century English philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft reveals the essence of what Montrose aims to teach young women today, that 'one creates one's life through growth in wisdom and virtue, achieved through sustained intellectual and moral formation.'"