Women at William & Mary

We Admit It! We love celebrating our major milestones at William & Mary. This past year we just celebrated the anniversary of 100 years of Women at William & Mary and our first female President. Since then, over 55,000 women have graduated from William & Mary. Starting with just 24 women, they soon became trailblazers that didn’t settle for the status quo. We wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the powerful narratives of Her Story. Go ahead and explore some of the links (we put them in there for a reason) to see some of the amazing stories of women game-changers.

Here are just some of the many highlights from this past year:

Did you know about some of the other famous female alumna that have graduated from William & Mary? This includes:

  • Jill Ellis ’88 Head coach of the women’s soccer team who led the U.S. to the World Cup Championship and gave the 2016 Commencement address
  • Ellen Stofan ’83, D Sc. ’16 Former Chief Scientist of NASA and now the first female Director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • Beth Comstock ’82 Co-Founder of Hulu and named one of the “most powerful women in business.”
  • Martha Barksdale ’18 The first female graduate of William & Mary. During her time here, she was a Phi Beta Kappa inductee, first President of the Women’s Council, first female House President, and first “Miss William & Mary.” She played on the school’s basketball team and started the Ladies of Alpha Society.

And maybe one day… you!

This is an incredible time at William & Mary as we celebrated where we have come from and where we are going in order to become a more inclusive place for all. William & Mary was joint founded by William and Mary, a king and queen. It is about time we celebrated both sides of that legacy and recognize some of the amazing women that have made the university, and the country, into what it is today.

Here’s to all the women that have passed through these halls, and all the ones that have yet to come,

Jack Zhang
Assistant Dean of Admissions

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