Women's Leadership and Gender Equity

We’ve been empowering women since 1869: The Pennsylvania Female College (now Chatham University) was founded to give women access to higher education. Since then, we’ve kept women’s leadership and gender equity at the forefront of our mission.

Centers and Community Outreach

Chatham promotes women’s leadership and gender equity through its award winning education and outreach programs, including the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Chatham Women’s Institute.

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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. 

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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!

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Teaching and Scholarship

Chatham University supports the scholarship and pedagogical practice of women's leadership and gender equity, on our campus and beyond. Our faculty are experts in the scholarship and pedagogical practice of promoting women's leadership and gender equity. 

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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.

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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, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming.

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Upcoming Events

Learn more about women's leadership and gender equity news at Chatham University and join us for upcoming programs and events.

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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.