Women

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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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In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students at William & Mary. During the 2018-19 school year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of more than 55,000 alumnae, students, faculty and staff who have followed in their footsteps. 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.
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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.
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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.
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When women came to the university, Mary didn’t just join William, she saved William.
By Noah Petersen '19
with contributions by Mattie Clear '18
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Jill Ellis '88 and U.S. World Cup champions inspire another generation.
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Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 tells Her Story
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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.
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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.
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The first time you chat with Martha McGlothlin ’89, J.D. ’95, you forget that you’ve only just met. She instantly sweeps you into the rhythms of her life, where she juggles the schedules of four children, serves on the board of The United Company Charitable Foundation and owns a small business. You wish that you could set up a lunch next week to listen to more stories over Cheese Shop sandwiches smothered in their signature House Dressing.
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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.
Virginia Claudon Allen '40 reflects on her experience in World War II's "Forgotten Theatre."
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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!
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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.
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Go behind-the-scenes of "Her Story" and hear Glenn Close '76 describe her motivation for being a part of the William & Mary Women's 100th Anniversary video.
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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.
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Her story is innovation. She offers a perspective that looks forward and beyond the hurdles of yesterday.
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Her story is discovery. She explores the depths of her field, searching the pathways for knowledge.
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Her story is strength. She protects the public's trust and tirelessly strives to provide a better tomorrow.
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Her story is compassion. She reaches beyond borders to empower community and shares knowledge so that others may flourish.
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Her story is triumph. She gives voice to those without one, and stands alongside those who can no longer fight for themselves.
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Her story is bold. She stands where no one has stood before, among her peers, and at the dawn of a new legacy.
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