The women perform in all black, in keeping with their name, which derives its connection to the nickname for the wives of golf players, “golf widows.” The Widows had a tradition of opening performances with “We are the College Widows,” a song borrowed from the Yale Whiffenpoofs’ “Mimi the College Widow.”
The Widows’ recent albums include “Black Diamond” in 2009, and “Unwed” in 2007 — a dark collection of songs nominated for two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) – best female collegiate album and best female collegiate song.
Wellesley is a 135-year-old liberal arts college for women 12 miles west of Boston. It has 2,300 students, nearly 36,000 living graduates and includes such alumni as Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69, Diane Sawyer ’67, Madeleine Albright ’59, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek ’17, and more.
All but three of the girls who performed Sunday are underclassmen, and none of them are actually widows. Two are from Texas, and one of the lead singers is the great-granddaughter of Esther Barnhart, whose home now houses the Beeville Art Museum.