The Women’s Society of Washington University is an organization primarily of women of all ages from all backgrounds who share the desire to experience the resources of Washington University in St. Louis through education, scholarship, student projects and leadership.

It is not necessary to be an alum of Washington University or live in St. Louis to join.

The Women’s Society operates the Bear Necessities shop, located in Umrath House on the South 40. At Bear Necessities, shoppers will find items such as WUSTL logo clothing, gifts, dorm supplies, diploma frames and much more.

As of June 2021, WSWU has:

  • Awarded 59 full-tuition scholarships to St. Louis Community College graduates
  • Presented 40 leadership awards to graduating senior women
  • Provided a total of $604,048  in funding grants to WUSTL student projects (since 1988)
  • Over 500 members and continues to seek new ways to contribute to the University and the St. Louis community