Women in History

  • Happy Women in History Wednesday! Today we honor Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, an advocate for democracy in Taiwan imprisoned for over five years for speaking out against the government. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Law in 1971.
  • Happy Women in History Wednesday! Today we celebrate Mary Temple Grandin! Mary graduated with a PhD from the College of ACES in 1989.
  • Happy Women in History Wednesday! This week we celebrate Leslie Erganian!
  • Happy Women in History Wednesday! This week we celebrate UIUC alum Jeanne Gang! She's an architect and MacArthur Fellow who founded the firm Studio Gang Architects. One of her famous works is the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Happy Women In History Wednesday! Today we celebrate UIUC alum Iris Chang. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1989 with a degree in Journalism. While in undergrad, she was on staff at the Daily Illini.
  • Barbara established WGGP through interdisciplinary efforts of the Committee on Women in Development on campus and funding from a Title XII Strengthening Grant of the Foreign Assistance Act.
  • Happy #WomeinInHistoryWednesday! Today we are honoring Arlene Torres, who was a leading advocate for the interdisciplinary scholarship of many students, faculty, and staff while at Illinois.
  • Happy #WomenInHistoryWednesday! Today we are honoring Terry Hite David, head coach of the women’s volleyball team, member of the Project 500 group, and recipient of the Merit Award from the Varsity “I” Association. Learn more about Terry at WGGP's "150 to 150!"
  • This Wednesday we are so excited to celebrate Susan "Suze" Orman, an influential business icon well known for her financial advice, motivational speaking, writing, and television show. Learn more about Suze at WGGP's "150 for 150!"
  • This #WomenInHistoryWednesday we are honoring Susan Lindquist, one of the most respected molecular biologists in the world.
  • Happy #WomenInHistoryWednesday! Today we are celebrating Sheila Crump Johnson. Sheila co-founded the ground breaking Black Entertainment Television (BET) network. Learn more about Sheila and her many accomplishments at https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1970s/shelia-crump-johnson/
  • Alice Deck, nominated by a faculty mentee, joined the English department’s faculty in the 1980s and later became affiliated with the African American Studies program. She retired in 2011.
  • Joan L. Mitchell came to the University of Illinois in 1969 as a physics graduate student and received her PhD in 1974.
  • Joan Huber came to the University of Illinois in 1971, teaching a range of sociology courses as well as Introduction to Women’s Studies in the Social Sciences.
  •  Jeanette McCollum was a major influence in the Special Educ. Department.
  • Evelyne Accad was one of the first feminist scholars to speak against genital mutilation and other crimes against women.
  • Alumni and Chicago anchorwoman, Carol Marin was instrumental in the reporting that led to the 1976 indictment of Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton.
  • Alumni, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien established herself as an advocate for democracy in Taiwan.
  • Joining the University of Illinois Staff in 1980, she has been the head of the Entomology Department since 1992, and Swanlund Chair of Entomology since ‘96.
  • Alumni, Mary Temple Grandin, returned with her PhD to teach as an animal science professor. She is best known as being one of the first individuals to speak about her experience with autism. In 2010, she was one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world, and in Feb.
  • Receiving the Outstanding Teaching Award in ‘81 and ‘82 as a graduate student, she moved on to have her work displayed in Phyllis Needlman Gallery in Chicago. As an alum, she is a well-known artist/photographer with several exhibitions and public appearances.
  • Earning her degree in architecture, Jeanne Gang founded Studio Gang Architects. She is known for the Aqua skyscraper and Nature Boardwalk. She was an International Rotary Fellow and has won many other awards.
  • Alumni Iris Chang earned her degree in Journalism. She later moved on to becoming a successful writer for the New York Times and a sensational author.
  • Earning her Master’s and her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, she returned as faculty. She has earned global recognition for her work in African American and Latino Studies.
  • Initially earning a Bachelor’s in Library Science and a Master’s in Social Work, Patricia Morey returned to campus to serve as the Director of the Women’s Resource Center from 1992 to June 2017.