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Director's Corner

Sutapa Basu
Sutapa Basu

Greetings and Happy New Year!

We are very excited about 2009, as it marks the centennial of the Women’s Center building. Built as the Women’s Building for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, this building has an amazing history, of vivacious beginnings to desolation of lost purpose and a later restoration and revitalization as a resource for women.

The Women’s Center is currently undertaking uncovering the building’s history. During its early usage, the Women’s Building, now known as Cunningham Hall, was an active meeting place for women to discuss important issues. Suffragists met at the Women’s Building prior to the state’s 1910 passage of a woman’s right to vote. To this end, we are looking forward to celebrating the centennial of women winning their right to vote in the state of Washington!

Cunningham Hall once again became an active place for women, soon after the creation of the Women’s Information Center in the late 1970s and has flourished into the active Women’s Center, whose services women utilize daily.

This year, Cunningham Hall and the Women’s Center will be physically relocated to a new space on campus. We are looking forward to the move and our building’s new location.

We are planning a large event in early November to celebrate the centennial of Cunningham Hall. We are looking forward to the continuous advancement of women in the next 100 years!

In addition to this exciting time, our primary programs and services will continue to provide support to women and men across campus and in the community. Please contact us with any questions at womens@u.washington.edu or 206-685-1090.

Here’s the next 100 years!!

Warm regards,

Sutapa Basu


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