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"In 1842, a widow named Jane Rudolph sold her estate to two Augustinian friars, due to the fact that women could not own property in their own name. That estate evolved into what Villanova University is today. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Villanova University becoming fully coeducational. Many Villanova women have ignited change throughout history, but to this day there are unique struggles for women on campus.
This guide will act as a centralized resource that can foster women’s advancement through education, connection, and advocacy. On campus, we have engaging clubs for women including Women in Business, Feminova, She’s the First and Society of Women Engineers. The 2017 launch of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership created an inclusive environment that will be a driving force for gender equity. Our Gender and Women’s Studies program offers a robust course load that challenges gender roles and sex-biased generalizations.
Malala Yousafzai once said, 'I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.' Use these resources to continuing igniting change on Villanova’s campus and beyond!"
– Marisa Reinhart (CLAS ’19)