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Toni Morrison: ‘I Am Alarmed By the Willlingness of Women to Enslave Other Women.’

‘Cinderella’s Stepsisters,’ her poignant commencement address to the Barnard Class of 1979, is just as insightful today as it was 40 years ago

Toni Morrison speaking at her commencement address to the Barnard Class of 1979.
Photo courtesy of Rochelle Ritchie/Barnard College Office of News and Strategic Communications

In this compelling speech by the late icon, Morrison reminds us that as women, we hold




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