"William & Mary women are a force that continues to shape the future of the university and the world around us. I am proud that my alma mater is at the forefront of universities who are actively working to find innovative ways to engage, empower and celebrate women."
Elizabeth Cabell Jennings ’85, P ’17
A Letter from the Director of Alumni Engagement and Inclusion Initiatives
In 1918, William & Mary opened its doors to 24 women students. Today, women students, parents, staff, faculty, friends and alumnae help shape the current and future character of the university.
William & Mary women are inspiring, empowering and leading the world in all walks of life, personally and professionally. The goal of women’s initiatives at William & Mary is to support the interests, standing and well-being of all W&M women and to continue to foster a climate of inclusiveness that will propel our special brand of bold to impact W&M and the world.
As part of the celebration of 100 years of coeducation at W&M, we held our first Women’s Weekend in, 2018. This conference-style weekend brought nearly 500 women from across the decades to Williamsburg empowering one another and celebrating the accomplished women of William & Mary. The energy was palpable and unstoppable! We’ll convene for the second edition of Women’s Weekend in the Fall of ’21.
We also created an Alumnae Initiatives Endowment to enrich programming and enhance opportunities for women across the W&M community. To date, we have raised just over $4 million toward the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment, which will fuel in perpetuity women’s initiatives on campus and beyond. The endowment keeps the university on the cutting edge of women's engagement. It supports regional and interest-based programming that brings W&M women together to strengthen our bonds with one another and the university, allowing us to empower generations of W&M women around the world. We hope you will help keep the momentum going!
Valerie J. Cushman
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Inclusion Initiatives
As part of the effort to commemorate 100 years of coeducation, William & Mary established an endowment to support alumnae initiatives programs. Income from the endowment is used to enrich and expand current offerings that bring all W&M women together to strengthen their bonds with one another and with alma mater. Examples include the W&M Women’s Weekend, regional women’s events and membership scholarships to the Society of 1918.
Society of 1918
MISSION & VISION
The Society of 1918 is committed to growing women's engagement, leadership and philanthropy and to celebrating and honoring William & Mary women. Our vision is for William & Mary women to achieve a level of impact, influence and generosity commensurate with their majority representation in the alumni community.
Membership is offered to all women who contribute $10,000 over a 5-year period ($2,000/year or $167/month) to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment.
Young Guarde members (alumnae who have or will graduate after 2010) and W&M faculty and staff may join the society with a contribution of $5,000 over a 5-year period ($1,000/year or $84/month).
Women’s Initiatives News
- Estes’ endowment affords opportunity
- Institute for Integrative Conservation to be established at William & Mary with $19.3 million For the Bold gift
- The Mighty Martha Wren Briggs '55
- A wedding gift that keeps on giving
- The Kohlhagens: A W&M love story
- One Hundred Years - Fall 2018 Alumni Magazine
- Pocket full of sunshine: Pocket Sun '13 is changing venture capital. And she's only 27.
- Power abroad: Grace Perkins ’14 is electrifying sub-Saharan Africa
- W&M alumna makes $1.5 million gift in honor of President Katherine Rowe
- W&M alumna recognized as Ad Club’s "Industry Legend"
- Washington Women's Leadership Panel draws more than 100 attendees
- Samantha K. Huge selected as William & Mary athletics director
- Ann Marie Stock selected as W&M's next vice provost for academic and faculty affairs
- Alumna gives back to research that defined her path at W&M
- William & Mary alumna makes $2 million gift supporting scholarships and alumnae programming
- Hunter J. Smith '51 gives $15 million for Alumni House expansion and renovation
- W&M announces new multimillion-dollar Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts
- W&M alumna leaves Swem Library largest gift in its history
- Donors give $1.4 million gift toward new W&M field hockey facility
- Fighting for Justice: Jeree Harris Thomas ’08
- Emily Bessler '14 exemplifies female leadership for the Army
- Changing Lives: Sally Ives Gore ’56
- Looking for Laughs: Carmen Lynch ’94
- W&M receives Terry Thompson commitment for Committee on Competitive Excellence
- Alumni? Alumnae? Alumnus? Alumna?
- "Engaging women in philanthropy" by Vice President for University Advancement Matthew T. Lambert ’99