WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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In 2017, Johnson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest academic societies and independent policy research centers. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the country's leading advisory organization on biomedical science, medicine, and health-related issues. She has received numer- ous awards for her contributions to women's health and public health. Her 2013 TED Talk, "His and hers ... healthcare," which has had more than one million views, was recently named by TED as one of the "top 10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch." While Johnson's ever-growing list of tributes is impressive, she hum- bly considers being named the 14th president of Wellesley College her greatest honor of all. It certainly provides Johnson with another plat- form from which to lead and advocate for women. Wellesley College's long-standing mission is to educate young women in Wellesley's long tradition of the liberal arts and in so doing help them make their per- sonal difference in the world. She is the very embodiment of that mis- sion and the consummate role model to steer the college into the future. Johnson appreciates the serious responsibility that the college has to its students as well as to society as a whole. "We are very much con- cerned about the tone that is being set with regards to issues of gender, specifically for women. We are focused on empowering young women in her wood-paneled office in Green Hall — praised in a 1921 issue of The Architecture Review for its combination of "informality and order'' — Dr. Paula Johnson shared her perspective on issues facing society, women, and universities. She spoke in a relaxed yet eloquent manner, personifying the acclaim given almost 100 years ago to the building in which her office is located. Johnson assumed the presidency of Wellesley College in the sum- mer of 2016, coming from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she founded and served as the inaugural executive director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology. She was also the chief of the Division of Women's Health. Johnson was the Grayce A. Young Family Professor in Women's Health at Harvard Medical School, as well as professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since earning her M.D. and M.P.H. from Harvard University and training in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Johnson has pursued a career to improve women's lives across their lifespan. She is credited for raising awareness of the impor- tance of sex differences to understanding women's health as well as for her vision, research, and ability to lead at the intersection of health care, education, and public health. for Women E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with Dr. Paula A. Johnson, 14th president of Wellesley College W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 69

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