Making Our Mark

A Celebration of Union Women

In 1795, Union was chartered to provide “instruction and education of youth.” With only a few exceptions over the next 175 years, “youth” meant men only.

In 1970, this changed. When women arrived as full-time students that fall, they became catalysts for transformation on campus and beyond.

In the Our Stories section, you’ll read profiles of a number of Union women who have made their mark.

They include: Katherine (Kay) Stout Van Woert ’74, the first woman admitted to Union, who serves on non-profit and state advisory boards related to mental health, homelessness and healthcare financing; Mary Omobolanle Olushoga ’06, who manages the J.P. Morgan Chase Entrepreneur of Color fund, and serves as president and CEO of the African Women Power Network; and Valerie Hoffman ’75, a prominent attorney focused on employment discrimination.

The list of outstanding Union women is long, and more profiles will appear throughout 2020.

Union is proud to celebrate these and the many other women who have made their mark.

From the alumni magazine:

The arrival

Women moved into Union residence halls and started classes as full-time students for the first time in fall 1970. Here is a little bit about what that experience was like for them.

The decision

Perhaps no change at Union was more transformative than welcoming women.

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