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Discover the Legacy of 100 Years of Women at Emory

In the coming year, please join the Emory Alumni Association on an EmoryWire odyssey to shine a light on the stories of remarkable Emory alumnae and their influence on the world around them.

By Michelle Valigursky

Trustee Katherine Rohrer 74C and Diana Kim 07C

Discover the Legacy of 100 Years of Women at Emory

In 1917, one courageous woman took a step that would change Emory University’s history forever. Eléonore Raoul 1920L, a scholar and suffragist with a social conscience, made the bold move to request a formal law school education at Emory to advance her mission for women’s voting rights. In spite of institutional tradition for an all-male environment, Raoul succeeded in her quest to attend and paved the way for future generations of women to absorb all that Emory has to offer.

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Now, a century after Raoul entered that first Emory classroom, coeducational progress has transformed campus. Women of all races and religions represent 49% of Emory’s 141,000 strong global population. More than 40% of Emory’s faculty are women, as well as more than half of the student body. Four of Emory’s nine deans are women. This past September, Emory also officially welcomed its 20th president Claire E. Sterk, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health.

"We are proud to celebrate the significant impacts that women continue to make at Emory and beyond,” says Sarah Cook 95C, senior associate vice president for alumni affairs and leader of the Emory Alumni Association. “Our alumnae have amazing stories to tell. They are trailblazers, leaders, scholars, change makers, and visionaries in every discipline and field imagined, all rooted and connected by their Emory experience. Eléonore Raoul took that first inspiring step and our alumnae have been pushing boundaries ever since. We are excited to share their stories."

In the coming year, please join the Emory Alumni Association on an EmoryWire odyssey to shine a light on the stories of remarkable Emory alumnae and their influence on the world around them.

The 100 Years of Women Awards Celebration

The Center for Women and the Emory Alumni Association celebrated 100 years of women at Emory during their annual Women of Excellence Awards reception on March 18. This event honored the extraordinary women of Emory who have made an impact and broken barriers over the last century. The evening highlighted alumnae, current students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated notable dedication to issues that affect women at Emory or in the larger community. Our Outstanding Alumna of the Year is Paula Washington 95G, and the evening featured Keynote Speaker, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L.

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Would You Like to Meet and Learn about More Emory Alumnae?

Explore the enrichment opportunities available through Alumnae and Women of Emory (AWE). AWE’s mission is to enrich and develop women and alumnae from all divisions of Emory and to support their personal and professional growth through fostering relationships, leadership opportunities, education, mentoring, networking, and fun.

Editor’s Note: Learn more about the early days of women on campus and navigate the historical timeline here.