Women's Leadership and Gender Equity

Empowering women is what we were put here to do: In 1869, the Pennsylvania Female College (now Chatham University) was founded to provide women with an education comparable to that which men could receive at “colleges of the first class.” Since then, we’ve kept women’s leadership and gender equity at the forefront of our mission.

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Centers and Community Outreach

Chatham University’s commitment to community engagement and education is exemplified by our Centers, which work to promote leadership and gender equity in a variety of arenas. Many of our programs in women's leadership and gender equity are open to the public.

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Inside the Classroom

As a fully gender inclusive university, we continue our historic commitment to advancing the causes of women's leadership, empowerment, and gender equity in the classroom. Our academic initiatives build on our history of innovative education while maintaining our values and helping students become the social change makers of the future.

Outside the Classroom

Chatham University offers a wide variety of activities outside the classroom for graduate and undergraduate students interested in women's leadership and gender equity, including places to live, scholarships, clubs, special events, lectures, films, retreats, and so much more!

Faculty & Research

Chatham University supports the scholarship and pedagogical practice of women's leadership and gender equity, on our campus and beyond. Chatham University faculty are experts in the scholarship and pedagogical practice of promoting women's leadership and gender equity. The Women's Institute provides them with continued professional development and consultation on issues of gender equity in the classroom and beyond.

Campus Climate

To support a welcoming and inclusive living, learning, and working environment at Chatham University, we use an intersectional social justice approach that recognizes the interlocking nature of power systems that often must be addressed simultaneously.

LGBTQIA+ Initiatives

Chatham is committed to a campus environment that is supportive and engaging for students who identify across the gender spectrum and sexual identity spectrum, including those who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender queer, and gender non-conforming.

A Look at the (Award-Winning) Chatham Women's Business Center

Chatham’s Women's Business Center was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the 2018 Women's Business Center of the Year. We look at why.

NEW Leadership Pennsylvania Promotes Women in Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University hosts the NEW Leadership Pennsylvania ™ summer institute—an intensive, non-partisan, six-day residential program that takes place in the summer.

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Turns 10: Q&A with Rebecca Harris

"In Pittsburgh, we’ve noticed more women starting businesses, especially younger women, and an increase in the diversity of industries. At the same time, there has been an incredible increase of support for these businesses within the Center and the Chatham community as well as in the greater Pittsburgh region."

Speaking Up: A Q and A with Dr. Jessie Ramey

This spring, Chatham Director of the Women’s Institute Jessie Ramey had a piece published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Entitled “A Note from Your Colleagues With Hearing Loss: Just Use a Microphone Already,” the article was a call to action concerning how we can make spaces more welcoming and even functional. We followed up with her for a Q and A.