History of the Organization

The Yale University Women's Organization was established in 1965, and was designed from its inception to welcome and serve all women members of the Yale community, including female faculty and staff, wives of faculty and staff, and others affiliated with the university in any way. According to the organization's bylaws,

"The purpose of the organization is to provide women in the Yale community with opportunities to pursue intellectual and social interests; to develop friendships; and to support the scholarship program."

Education, recreation, and service have formed the heart of the organization's structure from its earliest days. Talks by guest speakers such as Robert Penn Warren, Betty Friedan, Lillian Hellman, and James Earl Jones and lecture series by Yale professors in fields ranging from astronomy to literature to economics have been some of the highlights — and hallmarks — of YUWO's 40-year history. The group's Scholarships for Continuing Education program offers members a means of providing support and encouragement to other women of the Yale community. As for recreation, our list of activity groups speaks for itself!


"One Story, Many Voices" - the history of YUWO

For more information about the 30-minute YUWO video, "One Story, Many Voices" or to order a copy in DVD or VHS format, please email us — or view the complete video online.


Who are the members of YUWO?

Membership in YUWO is open to any woman who, "by virtue of her own or her family's affiliation, past or present, is associated with the Yale community." Current membership stands at approximately 350 and includes female faculty, staff, administrators; wives or companions of faculty, staff and administrators; and Yale alumnae and wives, mothers, daughters and cousins of Yale alumni. For additional information about membership in YUWO, click here.


What's in it for you?

YUWO offers women members of the university community, whether new to Yale and the New Haven area or long-time members of the Yale family, a variety of opportunities for learning, friendship, and service. Activity groups offer everything from language study to skiing to bus excursions to gourmet cooking.

Our Newcomers group offers those who are new to Yale and the New Haven area an opportunity to meet other newcomers and learn about the university and greater New Haven communities.

The popular Lunch and Learn lunch-hour lecture series, which is open to the general Yale community as well as YUWO members, features exciting speakers from both within and outside the Yale community; designed to accommodate those with busy workday schedules, the series begins at 12 noon with a bring-your-own bag lunch (we provide a comfortable place to sit, coffee and dessert). The lecture begins promptly at 12:30 and lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Our Fall and Spring Study Groups also offer stimulating opportunities for growing and learning. Topics of recent study groups, which are generally a series of between six and eight lectures given by current or retired Yale faculty, have included the poetry of Emily Dickinson, black holes and other astronomical wonders, southeast Asian history.

Exploring Yale and New Haven offers a number of opportunities to visit and learn about new, unusual or less well known destinations in the New Haven area. Members meet at the chosen location, and the visits last about one hour. The tour groups may sometimes be limited in size, depending on the requirements of our destination.


Governance

Click here for the YUWO Constitution and Bylaws (Revised May 2008) [PDF format]

Click here for the most recent Annual Report [PDF format]

YUWO is governed by a board of directors comprising both elected and appointed members. Elected officers for the 2012-2013 year are:

Office
  Name
President
. Audrey DeFronzo
Vice President
Stephanie Jatlow
Treasurer
Chaline Johnson
Assistant Treasurer
Nancy Rosenbaum
Recording Secretary
Mary Ann Nelson
Assistant Recording Secretary
Betty Ann Levitin
Corresponding Secretary
Landa Freeman
Membership Chair
Peggy Atherton
Activities Chair
Johanna Becker
Scholarship Chair
Felicia Tencza

Please feel free to contact any board member with your questions, comments, or suggestions!


Contact Information

For general information about YUWO, please contact the President:

Audrey DeFronzo
203-230-0592 or by email

 

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