(From China Daily)
Nearly four centuries after the university was founded, Harvard campus opened its first building named for a woman — Chinese American Ruth Mulan Chu Chao (1930-2007).
In tribute to the life and legacy of the family matriarch, Dr James Si-Cheng Chao, a successful merchant mariner, business leader and philanthropist, and the Chao family foundation in 2012 made a $40 million gift to Harvard Business School (HBS), where four of the couple’s six daughters graduated. The new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center took two years to design and another two to build.
“[My mother] believed that men and women should be treated equally, and she and my father made sure her six daughters were equipped with the tools they needed to realize their dreams,” said the oldest daughter Elaine Chao, former US secretary of labor, on behalf of her sisters at the dedication ceremony of the center on Monday.Mounted above the front door of the three-story,90,000-square-foot building, the family name Chao now stands among some of the world’s most notable names — Baker, Bloomberg, Chase and Morgan.