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The Women's Society of Washington University is a not-for-profit group of over 600 volunteers and professional women. Founded in March, 1965, we work to engage members in ongoing learning and support student education through scholarships, projects, and leadership opportunities.


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Shop where your dollars support scholars!

Bear Necessities is a non-profit shop sponsored by the Women's Society of Washington University. All proceeds from Bear Necessities sustain full-tuition scholarships we grant each year and the wide array of service, leadership, and other programs we support on campus.

Visit us in Umrath House on the South 40 or online at wubearnecessities.com.

Upcoming events

Mark your calendars and join us for the following events.


Thursday, February 20, at 10 - 11:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. coffee)
David A. Patterson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Kathleen K. Bucholz, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry

Art in Context: Three Inaugural Commissions for the Art on Campus Program
At Washington University in St. Louis

Monday, March 24, at 4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. reception)
(Walking Tour available at 4:45 p.m.)

Leslie S. Markle
Curator for Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Building A Company With Heart!

Adéle Starbird Lecture
Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m.
Maxine K. Clark
Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections

Chancellor's Light Lunch and Lecture
Friday, June 6, at 11:30 a.m.
Victoria J. Fraser, MD
Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine
Chairman of Medicine

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