The Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) collects, preserves, and makes available permanently valuable records of women and women's organizations, which document women's lives, roles, and contributions.
The Loyola Feminist Lecture Series is a series of hour-long brown-bag talks with light refreshments provided by WSGS.
A generous donation of Ms. magazines inspired the WSGS program to host a conversation about documenting women’s history on March 28, 2018. Looking back at the stories featured in the magazine, we hope to discuss the importance of documenting women’s contributions to art, politics, activism, and everyday life. We ask: Whose stories are recorded? Who determines which stories take precedence over others? How do historians, archivists, photographers, writers, and other recorders take on the responsibility of shaping history?
Confirmed participants are Nancy Freeman, WLA Director; Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo, History Department; and Dr. Tanya Stabler, History Department.
The UChicago News article, "Students, Scholars Explore African-American Archives in Chicago Libraries" features Megan Naylor, Archie Motley Archival Intern at the WLA last year, along with a photo of her and Melanie Chambliss, current intern at the WLA. Megan and Melanie were both working with the Carol Moseley Braun collection at the WLA. READ MORE
Sunday, April 29, 2018, celebrate the PWA 120th Anniversary with the WLA! A lunch and presentation of the WLA/PWA Preservation Project will take place in the Klarchek Information Commons 4th Floor. REGISTER NOW
In partnership with the Frances Willard House Museum and other Evanston women’s organizations, the Evanston Women’s History Project is hosting a number of events throughout March 2018 to celebrate Evanston women, their leadership and lives. Find event dates & details here. DETAILS
In December, an archivist from the Archivwum Akt Nowych in Warsaw visited the Women and Leadership Archives to review the PWAA records held there, an important step forward in the ongoing preservation and access project for these records. READ MORE
The Polish Women's Alliance (PWA) and the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) have teamed up for the PWA Preservation Project. The PWA is one of the oldest fraternal benefit societies founded by women to help them and those they care about establish financial security and economic independence. Click to learn more about ongoing fundraising efforts to preserve the PWA records at the WLA. READ MORE
Suzanne Bost, PhD, Professor of English and Graduate Program Director of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola, was the recipient of the 2015 Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) Summer Research Grant. Her research at the WLA culminated in the article, “Identity and Cross-Cultural Empathy: Writing to Sister Maryagnes Curran, O.S.F.” published in the Summer 2017 issue of Feminist Formations. READ MORE
We enjoyed hosting the launch for Dr. Emily E. LB. Twarog's book, "Politics in the Pantry: Housewives, Food, & Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America" on Saturday, November 18. Despite the rain, we had a wonderful and lively turnout. Special thanks to our panelists, Lynne Heidt, Jackie Kendall, and Bonnie Wilson. Please enjoy a few photos from the event. PHOTO GALLERY
Thank you to everyone who attended the 5th Annual Focus on the Book: "Marie Skłodowska Curie: Piecing Together the Historical Puzzle" on October 26, 2017. Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, presented an interesting program about Marie Skłodowska Curie, renowned scientist and twice Nobel Prize winner, became known as the “healer of cancer.” PHOTO GALLERY
The Women and Leadership Archives is pleased to announce completion of an Illinois State Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) 2016-2017 grant. WLA received a $5,000 grant from ISHRAB to re-organize and make more accessible the records of Mundelein College. The College operated from 1930-1991 and when it closed, was the last all women’s college in Illinois. Loyola’s University Libraries and Gannon Center for Women also contributed funding to the project. Recent Loyola graduate, Caroline Gianakopulos, led the grant project and produced a finding aid, or road map, for the records of Mundelein College. Click here to see the finding aid.
A big thank you to ISHRAB and Loyola’s University Libraries and Gannon Center for Women! VIEW
Want to know how to research at an archives? Find out how to use the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) in this short video created by Graduate Assistant Ellen Bushong. Lu Wolf, mascot of Loyola University Chicago, experiences the archives first-hand and learns how to use our finding aids, navigate the WLA website, and how to properly handle documents, photos, journals, and much more!