I was reading a silly post by a British journalist who attempts to defend Frances Fox Piven and make fun of Glenn Beck, when I came across this:
Somewhere, there still probably exists the classic photo which ran in “Newsweek” during the Columbia University 1968 strike, which shows Fox Piven climbing up a drain pipe in a mini skirt, high heels and pearls, to join students holed up in the Dean’s office, occupying the building.
Indeed the photo exists! Though it seems to have been published in Life…not Newsweek (just one of many errors in the article). Bonus: Guess who is helping Piven in the pic?
Here’s the caption from the link on the Columbia University website:
Tom Hayden helping Frances Fox Piven, a Columbia University School of Social Work professor and well-known author and activist, back into Math, April 1968. The young girl in the red-orange sweater is her daughter, Sarah.
The Columbia post notes that Piven herself confirmed that she is the one in the picture.
Here’s a little bit of Wikipedia history on the Columbia protests:
Columbia suffered quite a bit in the aftermath of the student protest. Applications, endowments, and grants for the university declined significantly in the following years. “It took at least 20 years to fully recover.” The protests left Columbia in a bad spot financially as many potential students chose to attend other universities and some alumni refused to donate any more to the school. Many believe that protest efforts at Columbia were also responsible for pushing higher education further toward the liberal left. These critics, such as Allan Bloom, a University of Chicago professor, believed, “American universities were no longer places of intellectual and academic debate, but rather places of ‘political correctness’ and liberalism.”
Columbia’s relationship with the United States military and federal government was forever changed. There would be no more federal sponsorship of classified weapons research and international studies that had been occurring since World War II, as Columbia severed ties to the Institute for Defense Analysis, which had been created in 1955 to foster the connection between Columbia University and the defense establishment. In addition, the ROTC left the Morningside Heights campus as CIA and armed forces recruiters.
Here’s a brief trailer from a pro-protest documentary made at the time:
And if you have a lot of extra time…here’s the entire documentary!