Women in the Society of Alumni


Celebrate International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and 50 years of Williams co-education with a panel discussion moderated by Williams Trustee and former Society of Alumni (SoA) President Leila Jere ’91. Joining Leila in conversation will be current SoA President Kate Boyle Ramsdell ’97, current SoA Executive Committee member and WBAN member Katherine Sharpe ’79, and former SoA Executive Committee member and BiGLATA member Cat Vielma ’10.

Panelists will speak to several questions, addressing the ways in which alumnae have pushed the Society of Alumni to be more inclusive, expansive, and interconnected. How has the alumni body and its values have changed over time, reflected in the matriculation of Williams women in 1971 and, later, the addition of female voices to the Board of Trustees, the SoA Executive Committee, and Williams Alumni Networks’ executive boards? This event is also an opportunity to consider and discuss in open forum the work still to be done in the Society of Alumni toward gender equity, gap closure, and an inclusive definition of Women of Williams. This panel promises to be part celebration, part critical reflection, and part forward momentum.