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Senator Barbara Boxer to Deliver The Archer School For Girls’ Commencement Address

Trailblazer and former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer will deliver The Archer School for Girls’ commencement address on May 24, 2024.
Barbara Boxer served as California’s United States Senator from 1993 to 2017.  She previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms after serving as a Marin County Supervisor for six years.
Boxer is known as a fierce fighter for California and its people. She is also known as a consistent advocate for women, children, families, workers, the environment, and equal rights for all.

She successfully passed laws that established the first federal funding for after-school programs, permanently protected one million acres of beautiful California wilderness, ensured drinking water is safe for the most vulnerable, was one of 23 Senators to oppose the war in Iraq, and was a go-to leader on abortion rights.

Boxer’s career is marked by a number of firsts: first woman ever elected to the 2nd Supervisorial District in Marin County; first woman ever elected President of the Marin Board of Supervisors; first woman ever elected to the House of Representatives for California’s 6th Congressional District; in 1992 made history with Dianne Feinstein as the first two women ever elected to the U.S. Senate from any state in the union; first woman to chair the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; first woman to chair the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee. 

Boxer graduated from Brooklyn College in New York State in 1962, where she majored in economics. She worked as a stockbroker before moving to California with her husband in 1965. Boxer has been married to Stewart Boxer since 1962. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

Upon her retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2017, Boxer donated her papers to UC Berkeley, where she gives an annual Boxer lecture, interviewing strong woman leaders. She continues to make speeches across the county, taught at USC Center for the Political Future where she is currently an advisor.  She appears bi-monthly on Spectrum TV in Southern California, is a strategic consultant as co-chair of ACTUM, LLC and volunteers for a number of children’s organizations.  She is proud to serve on the Board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate where she works with a number of former colleagues to help preserve democracy and the American dream.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.