Alumnae/i and interested persons from across the nation may continue their involvement with Duke through Friends of Women's Studies. As a member of the Friends network, you will receive our newsletter (published in November and April), announcements of upcoming symposia, and invitations to programs organized by the Women's Studies Program.You may also contribute to the program through Duke's secure on-line site. Be sure to specify Friends of Women's Studies in the section marked "Additional/Other Designations."
By developing greater visibility for the Program on campus and nationally, the Council on Women's Studies worked from 1986 to 2004 to increase knowledge among alumnae and friends about Women's Studies as an interdisciplinary field, and to bring the perspective of Women's Studies scholarship to bear on issues of campus life. In the Council's first decade, it created Friends of Women's Studies (now including approximately 5,000 members) and successfully completed a $1.4 million endowment campaign. Additionally, it organized the first Jean Fox O'Barr symposium on Race and Gender in Global Perspective. Please see the extended article on the Council in the Fall 2004 newsletter (pgs 3-5) for more information on its history, achievements and members.
The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies remains ever grateful for the Council's determination, dedication, and success at building some of the financial pillars that continue to support the Program in Women's Studies today.