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Celebrating Women’s History at Georgetown

We celebrate the many contributions of our women students, faculty and staff to our university community and society at large, and recognize the broad range of teaching, scholarship and advocacy at Georgetown that advance women’s history and equality.

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Women’s History Month

The U.S. Congress first designated March to be Women’s History Month in 1987. Georgetown joins the nation in recognizing the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields — and joins the world in recognizing women’s global impact on International Women’s Day on March 8.

Making History

A collage of photos of women trailblazers from the graduate school on a navy blue background

Eighty years ago, the Graduate School began formally admitting women. During Women’s History Month, discover stories about women who shaped Georgetown and paved the way for future generations.

A woman sits in a classroom surrounded by men while the male professor teaches.

Sixty years after Georgetown’s first female business school graduate received her diploma, McDonough School of Business alumnae are leveling the playing field in the business world.

Illustration of a woman gesturing toward letters in a foreign language on a blackboard with two other women sitting

Women’s Inclusion, Justice and Security

Drawing on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice and security in 170 countries, the Women, Peace and Security Index shows that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries.

Researching Women’s Experiences

Washing machines stacked in two rows in a laundromat

Professor Roxanne Mirabal-Beltran worked with Spanish-speaking communities at laundromats, a community advisory board and health care providers to identify women’s knowledge of fertility, pregnancy and when to seek health care.

Men in neon vests and hard hats talking

The effort, led by fellow Madeline Meth (L‘17) and director Brian Wolfman, is part of the Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic’s focus on advancing racial justice in the courts and society.

Three women around a laptop

Supporting Our Students

The Women’s Center offers educational programs, volunteer opportunities, services and resources to highlight the experiences of women on Georgetown’s campus and educate the community about gender dynamics impacting campus culture. This year, the Women’s Center, along with the rest of the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion, moved to a dynamic new space in New South to better serve students and promote collaboration and intersectionality.

Alumni Impact

“All of the ‘lawyer brain’ is really important. The rigor, the analysis, not being just swayed by your emotion, really understanding your facts and building your stories from there. When you think about what film does and storytelling does, you’re communicating something complicated to an audience – and that’s what I did as a litigator.”

“I apply Climb, Pause, Lift as a way to have women take responsibility for one another. It’s a pledge to open pathways to the future. I asked both women and men to climb hard with their careers, but be sure to pause and lift and support someone coming behind. If everyone promotes only one diverse person, it will make all the difference in the world.”

“Medical school opened the door to actions I could start doing to protect the greater good and instilled this idea of health justice into my early medical career that I carried forward.”

Rev. Ebony Grisom wears a collar and speaks from behind a podium in a field

Faculty and Staff Profiles

The Women’s Center is interviewing faculty and staff on Georgetown’s campus to talk about their work and what Women’s History Month means to them.

Student Stories

Amy McNamara slowly lost hope after going through a cycle of addiction and incarceration. But as she prepares to leave prison, Georgetown has offered her an open door.

Follow along with Harnoor (SFS’26) as she heads to New York for a special event at the United Nations on Women, Peace and Security.

Honoring the Legacy of Madeleine K. Albright

The first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state and a long-time public servant committed to serving the needs of women and girls, Madeleine K. Albright joined Georgetown’s faculty in the School of Foreign Service in 1982. Georgetown honors her legacy as a professor and as a trailblazer in diplomacy and human rights.

Celebrating Women Leaders

Hillary Clinton, Christiane Amanpour and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia stand on stage of Gaston Hall and Amanpour holds an award.

At the 2023 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, Georgetown recognized women peace leaders, including CNN anchor, journalist and war correspondent Christiane Amanpour for her uplifting of women’s voices and stories.

In the 1990s, five women became friends while studying medicine at Georgetown. Three decades later, they’ve written a book together to help guide aspiring women physicians.