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The Brown Women’s Network aims to keep the 40,000+ member Brown alumnae, student, and staff community engaged with the University and each other through a variety of programming—from podcast interviews with noteworthy women of Brown, to live events throughout the year, to seasonal newsletters, and more.

The Brown Women’s Network is open to all members of the University community who identify as cis or trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in spaces that center on the experiences of women.

Celebrating 130 Years of Women at Brown

The 2021-22 academic year marks 130 years since the first women attended Brown and 120 years since the first women of color began their studies. To celebrate, the Brown Women’s Network is hosting a series of events throughout the year to honor the history of women at Brown and provide opportunities for generations of inspiring and successful Brown women to forge new connections, reflect on common experiences, and examine the evolving role of women at Brown and in the world.

This year, the Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women will also celebrate 40 years of groundbreaking research, teaching, and community-building.

Calling all Brown alumnae: Help us celebrate you!

Reflections on 130 Years of Women at Brown - Submit a video (see tips below), email us with a statement ([email protected]), or tag us on social (Facebook and Instagram: @BrownWomensNetwork) answering one or more of the questions below. Videos or excerpts may be used on the Alumni & Friends website, social media, or in email newsletters to help us honor and celebrate this milestone year.

  • Why are you excited about celebrating 130 years of women at Brown? What does it mean to you?
  • Tell us about a woman in the Brown community who inspires you or has impacted your life in some way.
  • What experience did you have at Brown that stays with you to this day?
  1. Shoot the video clip on a phone in the landscape/horizontal position with the front-facing camera. You can also record a video clip on a desktop computer via Zoom. 
  2. When taking a selfie video, hold your mobile device at arm’s length or position the camera on a stable surface level with your face. 
  3. Ensure that your head and shoulders are centered in the frame and check to make sure that there is nothing distracting in the shot behind you. A plain wall is best (if available).
  4. Ensure proper lighting and avoid sitting in front of a light source as that may obscure your face. 
  5. Avoid noise that will be distracting. If indoors, ensure that there is no echo.  
  6. Share your video file via email with [email protected]
  7. Please be sure to include your name and class year/affiliation with your email.


130th Anniversary Events

The Brown Women’s Network will be hosting a series of events to recognize and celebrate this important milestone through events such as a 130th Leadership Series, Faculty Spotlights, Author Series, Industry Nights, and more! Check back soon for more updates.

October 4, 2021 | 7-8 pm ET

Kick off the yearlong celebration with a virtual fireside chat with bioengineer, entrepreneur and diversity advocate Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia ’90, P’25 and President Christina H. Paxson as they discuss the impact of women at Brown and the critical role of women in leadership. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions following the conversation.

Learn More & RSVP

More Upcoming Events

  • Industry Night, Public Health - October 25, 2021, 5:30-6:30 pm ET
  • Industry Night, Nonprofits - November, 29, 2021, 5:30-6:30 pm ET

Industry Night is a recurring networking event sponsored by the Brown Women’s Network for current students, alumnae who have graduated from Brown in the past five years, and those starting new careers.

All in-person Brown events are following guidelines for the safety of all attendees, including observing all local public health regulations that govern group gatherings and mitigation measures. To learn more about the Brown community's response to COVID-19, please consult

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Past Event Recordings

This virtual moderated discussion on gender equity and policy featured Jennifer Klein '87, P'22, Pamela Reeves '87, P'22 and Alex Wagner '99. (April 27, 2021)
This virtual panel discussion featured Brown alumnae working to help other women through organizations focused on education, maternal health, human trafficking, and health/nutrition. (March 18, 2021)
Sabic-El-Rayess discussed her recently-released memoir, "The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival," and her journey from teenage survivor of the Bosnian War to Brown student and eventually college professor. (February 11, 2021)
Alyson J. McGregor, M.D. RES '07 discussed tips on taking control of your medical care and treatment as well as her recently published book “Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We Can Do About It.” (January 25, 2021)
The virtual “fireside chat” featured Tara Schuster ’08 and Lauren Corrao ’83, P’16. The former Comedy Central colleagues discussed Tara’s new book “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies”, self-care, and navigating the time we’re living in. (January 7, 2021)

To get on the invitation list for future events, make sure your alumni profile is up to date.

Programs & Initiatives

Women’s Voices Amplified Podcast Series

A podcast of incredible women from all corners of the Brown ecosystem sharing their insights on work, life, and living in today’s world. Listen and subscribe on SpotifyStitcherSoundCloudYouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon.

The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Brown University.

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Miranda ADEkoje '04 on producing art amidst the pandemic, the political relevance of her work, and constructing her own career path.

Women’s Launch Pad Mentoring Program

A mentor and mentee connectingThe Women’s Launch Pad pairs junior and senior class undergraduate women with Brown alumnae mentors, connecting women across generations, career paths, and all aspects of life after Brown.

Become a mentor

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More Brown Resources

We want to keep you connected to women’s programming offered at Brown. 

Here are some ways to stay informed, tools you can utilize for career and relocation assistance, and groups of like-minded alumni you can join to get you started.

  • BrownConnect internship and alumni-to-alumni networking platform
  • Career Counseling through CareerLAB for up to three years following your graduation
  • Access to e-journals and library resources (including Sage, JSTOR, and more)
  • Welcome Kits with tips on things to do and how to stay connected to the Brown community in NYC, DC, LA, SF, or Boston
  • Brown Alumni and Friends on social media


The Brown Women’s Network is proudly sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council, a presidential advisory council committed to alumnae engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropic support of the University.

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