Women in History

  • 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. To read more about Jeanne's impact, visit ...
  • 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. As an alum, she wrote for the New York Times producing six front-page articles in...
  • 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. Learn more about Arlene at...
  • 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!" https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/...
  • 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!" https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1970s/susan-suze-orman/...
  • This #WomenInHistoryWednesday we are honoring Susan Lindquist, one of the most respected molecular biologists in the world. She received the National Medal of Science award in 2010, among many other awards. Learn more on...
  • 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/ #wggpillinois  
  • 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. As a teacher, Alice was a source of support for numerous students within and beyond her departmental...
  • Joan L. Mitchell came to the University of Illinois in 1969 as a physics graduate student and received her PhD in 1974. Joan went to work for the IBM Corporation in the Exploratory Printing Technologies Group at the T.J. Watson Research Center. The holder of more than 70 patents, Joan was one of...
  • 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. She was director of the Women’s Studies Office, which is now the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and also was head of the...
  •  Jeanette McCollum was a major influence in the Special Educ. Department. Now Professor Emeritis, she is a leader in research/personal preparation for Early Childhood Special Education. In honor of her research, she has an award instituted in her name.   Read more:...
  • Evelyne Accad was one of the first feminist scholars to speak against genital mutilation and other crimes against women. Starting as an adjunct professor at U of I, she has received many awards such as Prix International de Poesie Emmanuel Robles and International Writer of the Year Award from IBC...
  • Alumni and Chicago anchorwoman, Carol Marin was instrumental in the reporting that led to the 1976 indictment of Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton. In 1978, she was on the Chicago WMAQ-TV for almost 20 years and has received multiple Peabody Awards and recognitions. Read more: https://gec150.web....
  • Alumni, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien established herself as an advocate for democracy in Taiwan. She was elected to Legislative Yuan and Magistrate of Taoyuan, and from '00-'08, she was Vice President of the Republic of China. Read more:https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1970s/annette-lu-hsiu-lien/
  • 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. She received the Public Understanding of Science and Technology award, and most recently the national medal of science from for President...
  • 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. 2017, she was...
  • 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. Her book, The Rape of Nanjing: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II was placed on the New York Times Bestseller list for 10 weeks, making her a...
  • 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. Read more: https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1980s/...
  • 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. Prior to becoming director, she worked at the Women’s Center of Champaign and was the Director of Rape...
  • Becoming the first Dean of Libraries and University Librarian from ‘99 to 2013, she was the first recipient of the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship. She has received many awards and distinctions, and served as Interim Chief information Office from ‘06-’07.
  • Ramona Faith Oswald joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1998 and became a professor in 2001. She is a recognized leader in LGBT family life; she founded and co-chaired (1998-2003) the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance Focusgroup. Currently she is the main organizer...
  • Renee Heiken Slone graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993 and then became the head coach for the women’s golf team at the University in 2006. Throughout her career as a student athlete, Renee was a three-time All-American, claiming three straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships...