Examining the Evolution of Women at Brown

A unique online networking opportunity and discussion brought together Brunonians from around the world for an evening of insight and connection.

On March 16, 2022, more than 180 alumni, parents, students, and faculty came together virtually to discuss the evolving role of women at Brown over the past 130 years. The evening featured a special welcome from President Christina H. Paxson and remarks from Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender Director Felicia Salinas-Moniz AM’06 PhD’13 — both of whom paid homage to Brown’s female change-makers from generations past while expressing excitement for the future achievements of Brunonian women. 

The group then split into 15 breakout rooms to continue the conversation in smaller groups, discussing the evolution of personal identities as well as the history of women’s contributions to Brown, the ongoing fight for gender equity, and how Brown can best support students, alumni, and faculty moving forward. Centered around the question “Where have we been and where are we going?” the evening drew a direct connection between past, present, and future generations of Brown women. 

Attending alumnae enjoyed reconnecting with their fellow Brunonians as they tackled a range of important topics. Feedback included: 

  • “Loved meeting all the women of Brown in my break-out session! WOW! Across the course of life we continue to walk, talk, and LEAD!” 
  • “The event helped me reflect on my time at Brown and how those experiences shaped who I am as a leader and as a person today!”
  • “The breakout groups that connected women to women of different generations were so powerful.”
  • “Happy to learn more about the Sarah Doyle Center and to be invited to visit next time we're on campus, which for me is two months away for my 45th Brown Reunion.”

The Brown Women’s Network invites you to join in the celebration of 130 Years of Women at Brown by attending an upcoming event. Please visit the Brown Women's Network page to learn more about upcoming programs, events, and offerings, or follow along on social media.