Meet the Bettys: The Standout Sister

The Standout Sister: A woman known for her support of other women

If Dr. Joan Prince had a motto, it would be the first two lines from the Sister Sledge song: “We are family. I got all my sisters with me.” It’s not only the words of “We Are Family” that parallel Prince’s celebration of women, but also the ebullient enthusiasm that springs from boosting one another up.

While her resume is nothing short of formidable – a doctorate degree in urban education, 20 years as vice chancellor at UW-Milwaukee  and a yearlong appointment as the first Wisconsinite to represent the United States at the General Assembly of the United Nations – her list of accomplishments only measures one form of Prince’s success.

For 65-year-old Prince, getting through the door is just the first step. “It’s our job to advance other women. It
comes with the territory,” says Prince, who has had female mentors from a young age and been involved in the upper ranks of multiple professional women’s organizations. “Why would you not push someone else up because your expiration date will come.”

But until that day arrives, Prince will keep doing what she’s doing.

The Betty Awards” appears in the November 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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