Since it’s founding, the Women’s Society has contributed to the university and St. Louis in countless ways. Members are proud of the support they give to Washington University students, including 59 full-tuition scholarships to St. Louis Community College graduates who transfer to WashU. The WSWU also honors a graduating WashU senior woman each year with the Harriet K. Switzer Award and supports many student projects and programs with funding grants awarded annually.


Lectures and events

The Women’s Society of Washington University sponsors an annual lecture series featuring distinguished Washington University faculty members who cover a wide range of current topics.

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Want to get involved?

Regardless of how much time you have to give, there are many ways to participate in the Women’s Society. We offer virtual and in-person opportunities to help support the WSWU mission and connect with each other throughout the year.


Student support

The Women’s Society sponsors a two-year, full-tuition scholarship, a leadership award, and more than a dozen student project grants annually.


Our history

The Women’s Society engages women in the life of the university through education, scholarships, student projects, and leadership. Members carry out the society’s mission through support of university programs, full-tuition scholarships, and lectures.

Upcoming event

Chancellor’s Lecture
Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care
in the New Economy

Tuesday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. 
Adia Wingfield
Vice Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Sociology, and Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences

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Composing a Life: Women Inspiring Women

This annual event offers women undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to hear how five diverse women have defined success in their lives. Listen to each panelist’s story and learn how they have combined career, personal life, and other interests beyond graduation.