This campus has always had a high percentage of female students and faculty. Many have had significant roles in shaping the university, our community, and have been influential in Oregon’s history. This exhibit is a celebration of Western’s rich feminine experience and is a natural outcome of our work in the WOU archives. The original concept for this exhibit is credited to Dr. Emily Plec of the Communications Studies department. Pioneer women stood side by side with men in establishing this State. The actions and sacrifices of Laura Harris and Cassie Stump allow women today to enjoy the right of voting and other freedoms. Women like Jessica Todd, Anna Penk, Jeanne Deane, and other leading administrators, faculty and staff, blazed trailed and opened doors which shaped the culture of the Western Community.
Presented here are only a few examples of the dynamic women who were educated or taught on the Western campus. As you read the stories of these vibrant women, our hope is that you will share our appreciation for the rich culture that was molded into the community we call Western Oregon University.