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Be inspired by Northwestern women, womxn and gender-diverse individuals who led the struggle to open doors, creating greater access and opportunity for all who followed.

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A Year-Long Commemoration and Celebration

Uncovering the history, recognizing the change-makers, moving forward together

This fall marks 150 years since women could enroll as Northwestern undergraduate students. As we collectively commemorate this milestone — and the women, womxn and gender-diverse individuals who have shaped Northwestern — we have many opportunities to reflect, be inspired, and learn from each other. The 150th anniversary of women at Northwestern is for everyone.

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How will you get involved?

Throughout the academic year, events and programming will be held across the entire university and around the world. There are many ways to be a part of the 150 Years of Women story and help shape the future of our community.

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Three alumnae receive Northwestern University Alumni Association’s highest honor

Alumni Medal honors innovation, community engagement, learning and global impact.

‘Hidden Figures’ selected for One Book program

Black women scientists at NASA fight for equality while propelling U.S. into the Space Race.

Northwestern Law joins national initiative to create more diverse, inclusive legal profession

The collaborative effort will include an experimental “laboratory” in which new approaches will be incubated over five years in five law firms to serve as a model for the legal industry.

Northwestern reaffirms commitment to protect transgender, non-binary community

Policies affirm gender identity and expression and prohibit any kind of discrimination against trans* and other members of the Northwestern community on that basis.