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.
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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!

Info About Activities : Checkerboard 3 - Outside the Classroom
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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.

Read About Campus Climate : Checkerboard 5 - Campus Climate
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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.

LGBTQIA+ Initiatives : Checkerboard 6 - LGBTQIA+ Initiatives
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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."