Who was Sarah Doyle?

Sarah Elizabeth Doyle in 1894 became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Brown in recognition of her commitment to the education of women.  She led the campaign to admit women to Brown, and she formed the Rhode Island Society for the Collegiate Education of Women for the purpose of raising the funds for a full women’s college at Brown.  That group raised the money to build Pembroke Hall, the first permanent building of the Brown Women’s College, renamed Pembroke College in 1928.  She also served as the Girls’ Principal at Providence High School from 1878-1892.  Women of Brown United, in proposing a women’s center in response to the merger of Pembroke College with the men’s college at Brown, honored Doyle’s life-long commitment to equity in education by naming the women’s center after her.