Who Opened the Door for me?

In anticipation of this weekend’s She Opened the Door, the first Columbia University Women’s Conference, I have been reflecting on who opened the door for me.  So many people helped bring me to Columbia…my parents Helen (TC ’83) & Vito through their encouragement, my brothers, Doug and Paul Saputo who set the example by already attending, and Mr. Jim McMenamin who was the Columbia College Admissions Director at the time but also incredibly supportive, passionate and instrumental in helping to build the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium.  Certainly meeting Philippa Feldman Portnoy (BC ’86), my future doubles partner and Co-Captain sealed the deal!  I also remember Peggy Eckert, a volunteer and sort of “den-mom” at Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens.  In the 1970’s she made it a point to tell a group of mean girls that it was cool to be smart!  Finally, a shout-out must go to Winifred Edgerton Merrill (Mathematics 1886) who got the ball rolling for women on campus way back when!  #sheopenedthedoor and also #heopenedthedoor