Women

From Tribe Athletes to Leadership Roles
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William & Mary alumnae are making power moves in business and nonprofit sectors.
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Power Plays
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William & Mary alumnae tap varsity sports experience to build winning careers
Making Waves
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Grit, tenacity and passion have carried Sophia Luwis ’20 from W&M’s Club Rowing to the World Rowing Championships
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese
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Richard Walsh '10 changed paths to build a career in artisan cheese
Bringing Science to Life
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Self-proclaimed paleo fanatic Timshel Purdum ’93 inspires passion and curiosity as education director at the Science Museum of Virginia
Foundation Ties
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Debi Brooks ’81 is on a path toward Parkinson’s disease prevention
Medicine & Music
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Dr. Mike Fitch ’93 has a dual passion for barbershop singing and healing others
$14.4M in new scholarships established at William & Mary by former CBS executives Joan Showalter ’55 and Karen Beldegreen
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The bequest creates four new graduate and undergraduate scholarships at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and pushes the university past its For the Bold goal of raising $350 million for scholarships.
The Path That God Gave You
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Alexandra Knudson Friedman ’01 prepares for medical practice while balancing life in an Orthodox Jewish family
Becoming Thao
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Through music, Thao B. Nguyen ’06 finds the freedom to be her true self
Connecting People and Nature
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Professor Mara Dicenta and the Institute for Integrative Conservation seek to involve Indigenous voices in conservation
A Global Outlook on Health
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Epidemiologist Iyabo Obasanjo brings experience from Africa and veterinary medicine to her work as a COVID-19 policy adviser
Path to a Vaccine
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W&M alumnae play key roles in making sure COVID-19 immunizations are safe and accessible
Citizen of the World
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Digital art innovator Soh Yeong Roh ’84 advocates a cosmopolitan outlook
Gold-Medal Leadership
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Kathy Carter ’91 is bringing the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles
The Business of Science
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As president of the Janssen Infectious Diseases & Vaccines division, Candice Malone Long M.B.A. ’96 led the Johnson & Johnson team that introduced its COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.
‘Building a Future Together’
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W&M Professor Andrea Wright, the first Jinlan Liu APIA Faculty Research Award recipient, will study the impact of green energy projects on people’s lives in India, Kuwait and Virginia.
Safety First
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Colleen Gorman ’95 oversees a team that ensures quality control for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine development.
Lives Remembered
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At the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, an alumna shares stories of courage and compassion
Putting Children First
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Dr. Lee Beers ’92 leads pediatricians’ response to COVID-19, other health priorities
A Growing Village
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Nicole Lynn Lewis ’03 is expanding the reach of her nonprofit beyond the D.C. region by working with policymakers and educational institutions to better accommodate parenting students and improve graduation rates.
2021 Commencement: Jonathan Diaz-Ramos '21 & Vanessa Guzman '21
Vanessa Guzman ’21 and Jonathan Diaz-Ramos ’21 came to W&M with the unique challenges most first-generation students face – a lack of knowledge and guidance about the college experience along with worries about fitting in on campus that can induce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Politically Motivated
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Chi Omega alumnae draw on sisterhood and mutual respect to excel in public policy roles
On the Record
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W&M alumni are breaking news from the Wren Building to the White House and beyond
Art Gets Us Through
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Tiffany Bryant ’07 makes performing arts accessible
Necessity Inspires Innovation
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Virtual format creates new opportunities for Women's Stock Pitch & Leadership Summit participants
Racing Into a Digital Age
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Lauren Edwards ’08 leverages social media to help athletes build their brand
New Faces
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Meet William & Mary’s new deans
Alumna is a leader in COVID-19 vaccine study
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Dr. Lisa A. Jackson ’84 has conducted numerous vaccine studies, but the task before her in March was different — the timing compressed, the stakes higher — when her team launched one of the first human clinical trials for a vaccine to block infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. In the face of a global pandemic, this vaccine represented hope.
Transforming Primary Care
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Through their fellowship this summer, Dena Bashri ’20 and Shivani Gupta ’20 are working on projects as diverse as ensuring the homeless have access to telehealth to tracking the supply chain of COVID-19 testing kits.
Staying Vigilant Against the Virus
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As Delaware's deputy state epidemiologist, Erica E. Smith '08 is tracking COVID-19 data, implementing expanded testing and contact-tracing, and battling "quarantine fatigue."
Moesha Parsons '20: Past to Present
When Moesha Parsons ’20 received her acceptance to William & Mary in the spring of 2016, she couldn’t believe her eyes — she had received a full scholarship. Now, four years later, Parsons is celebrating another dream come true — graduating with her Tribe family and obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree. Parsons looks back over her journey from wide-eyed freshman, eager to take everything in, to self-confident, accomplished graduate.
Protecting People with PPE
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At the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, Megan Casey ’04 offers guidance on finding and using personal protective equipment
On the Front Lines: A Physician’s View of the Pandemic
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As Dr. Jennifer Primeggia '02 and her partners in the infectious diseases group at a Washington, D.C.-area hospital fight to save lives, COVID-19 is putting a strain on supplies and health care workers.
Chat with a Champion
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Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16 shares lessons from victory
Taking Charge of Retirement
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Rhian Horgan ’99 and Kindur are changing the way we retire
By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21
with reporting by Devon Bortz '20
Pointing the Way
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Mary-Cooke Branch Munford Plaza
Sub Rosa
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Evin Dogu '02 creates community through bread.
World Cup Win
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Julia Martin '09 witnesses history in her journey through France.
Forward & Back
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Artist Willie Ann Wright '45 finds new interpretations through old methods.
Culture Vulture
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Olivia Newton-John didn’t know it, but in the 1980s, her biggest fan was a third-grader living in the D.C. suburbs. Jen Chaney ’94 talks TV.
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100 Years of Coeducation at W&M
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In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students at William & Mary. In the coming months we will be featuring vignettes from our fall 2018 cover story on the 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary. This is the second in that series.
The Namesake
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“This building … is named in honor of one of the truly great alumnae of our college,” said Professor Caroline Sinclair. “One whose intelligence, energy, character and professional skill set an example for all who will enter these halls with purpose.” Sinclair was speaking in late 1963 at the opening of Adair Hall, William & Mary’s new women’s gymnasium.
Forty years ago, W&M women made waves
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In July 1978, Judge John Sirica, still infamous from his pivotal role in the Watergate case, ruled that it was unconstitutional for Congress to bar women from serving on U.S. Navy ships. That November, a handful of women made history when they became the first female crew members of a non-hospital naval vessel.
One Hundred Years
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When women came to the university, Mary didn’t just join William, she saved William.
By Noah Robertson '19
with contributions by Mattie Clear '18
For The Win
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Jill Ellis '88 and U.S. World Cup champions inspire another generation.
Close Up
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Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 tells Her Story
Looking Forward: A Q&A with President Katherine A. Rowe
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A focus of mine this semester is sustained, strategic listening. I want to hear directly from students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and friends, including our friends in Richmond, to understand what they value most about William & Mary and their hopes and dreams about the future.
The advice Jefferson never received
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I walked in to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze on a June day in 2015 with one goal in mind, and emerged with something completely unexpected transcribed on my laptop: a lost letter written to Thomas Jefferson by Filippo Mazzei, Italian patriot of the American Revolution.
Shopping around
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The first time you chat with Martha McGlothlin ’89, J.D. ’95, you forget that you’ve only just met.
A New Society Formed for W&M Women, by W&M Women
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Named in honor of the year William & Mary first admitted female students, the Society of 1918 aims to grow women's engagement, leadership and philanthropy and celebrate and honor William & Mary women.
W&M Docs: G.I. Ginny
Virginia Claudon Allen '40 reflects on her experience in World War II's "Forgotten Theatre."
G.I. Ginny: The Appendix and the Cigarette Butt
One of Virginia Claudon Allen's favorite memories from her time at William & Mary, was getting the opportunity to meet Cary Grant. Hear the story that involves a boyfriend, an appendix, and Cary Grant's cigarette butt!
G.I. Ginny & The Breakers
With World War II now raging at home as well as abroad, Virginia Claudon Allen '40 worked at the Ream General Veterans Hospital, located at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. Her job was to socialize with the wounded flyers coming home from Europe, some of whom had suffered unspeakable injuries.
Her Story: Behind-the-scenes with Glenn Close '74, D.A. '89
Go behind-the-scenes of "Her Story" and hear Glenn Close '74, D.A. '89 describe her motivation for being a part of the William & Mary Women's 100th Anniversary video.
Forward & Back
Willie Anne Wright '45 recounts her discovery of pinhole photography and the influence it had on her success in the art world.
Her Story
Her story strengthens over time. It is a story that inspires, empowers and leads women forward for all time coming. For her story is a story that starts here in Williamsburg, but belongs to all of us.
Her Story: Mashea Mason Ashton '96, M.A.Ed. '97
Her story is innovation. She offers a perspective that looks forward and beyond the hurdles of yesterday.
2023 Commencement
Check out these highlights of 2023 Commencement featuring Abdimalik “Abdi” Hassan ’23 and Patton Oswalt '91, D.A. '93.
Her Story: Amber Hardison Ph.D. '10
Her story is discovery. She explores the depths of her field, searching the pathways for knowledge.
Her Story: Jane Church Horvath '86
Her story is strength. She protects the public's trust and tirelessly strives to provide a better tomorrow.
Her Story: Camilla Buchanan '66
Her story is compassion. She reaches beyond borders to empower community and shares knowledge so that others may flourish.
2022 Commencement: Sumié Yotsukura ’22
Sumié Yotsukura '22 is a Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies double major. Her story of accomplishment is one of so many from students across campus who benefit from your scholarship support.
Her Story: Stephanie Dang Murphy '00
Her story is triumph. She gives voice to those without one, and stands alongside those who can no longer fight for themselves.
Her Story: Emily Bessler '14
Her story is bold. She stands where no one has stood before, among her peers, and at the dawn of a new legacy.