In the University of Cincinnati’s 200-year history women students, faculty and alumnae have left their footprints on the world with important impacts in science, medicine, the arts and much more.
Past alums like Winona Lee Hawthorne broke barriers by becoming UC’s first woman graduate in 1878, and Libby Holman, who graduated in 1923 at the age of 19 went on to make her mark as a successful Broadway stage star.
And countless other UC women who are still changing the world like Marilyn Hughes Gaston — a 1964 graduate of UC’s College of Medicine who became the country’s first black woman to direct a U.S. Public Health Service bureau — have broken down walls, fought racial and sexual discrimination and achieved academic success through strength, courage and creativity.
To honor the women of the past who paved the way for those bending the future, panel and luncheon events will be held throughout March highlighting women at UC.
UC’s Lindner Women in Business program started the month off on March 2, with another successful, sold-out Empowerment Day — the program’s annual all-day leadership conference organized to to enrich, enlighten and empower collegiate business women as they prepare to enter the workforce after graduation.
Included in the more than 200 UC student participants were 25 local high school seniors with outstanding offers for admission. The conference gave the future Bearcats a view of what life as a Lindner student can be — an key component of UC's Cincinnati Public School outreach as part of UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction.
Beginning with National Women of Color Day on March 1 and National Women’s History Day on March 8, events will spotlight the National Women’s History Month theme for 2019, “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”