May 2019 marks the 150th year of women gaining degrees from UW-Madison!

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Engaging with 4W prepares UW-Madison students to lead efforts related to gender and wellbeing

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This 4W project aims to create change and change agents from within communities to improve health outcomes and the general wellbeing of women and girls.

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4w Programs: Taking Research to Practice and Practice to Scale

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Through grants and awards, 4W Initiative supports the development of scholarship and leadership in gender and wellbeing at all career stages.

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UW-Madison students travel to Rabat, Morocco with STREETS Co-Director Araceli Alonso for a course on human trafficking, 2017.


4W helps sponsor and organize events related to gender, health, and wellbeing.

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Change HERstory: Menstrual Hygiene Management in Ghana

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Students’ Learning-action For The Environmental Commons

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The Arts & Wellbeing project develops opportunities for visiting artists and artists in residence to expand their reach and programming both on campus.

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Click here to learn about the In Her Honor Fund, a way to celebrate the important women in your life.

Click here to make a donation in support of 4W.


A Woman’s Place is at UW: Celebrating 150 Years of Women Grads

May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to women at UW-Madison.

4W on WSUM 91.7 FM!

Listen to our 4W team discuss the 150th anniversary of women graduates from UW and all the exciting events we have planned! Thanks to Interim Dean of Students Argyle Wade and WSUM for inviting us to speak.


Over the course of this academic year, University Communications will feature stories that celebrate the accomplishments of women at UW–Madison through the decades and recognize the challenges that remain.

2019 Senior Class Gift Reveal

The 2019 Senior Class Gift was unveiled on May 6th and is called "The Monarch". The statue celebrates the 150th anniversary of women receiving degrees at UW–Madison and was designed by artist Victoria Reed.

Initiated in 2019 to mark the 150th anniversary of the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to women at UW, the In Her Honor Fund celebrates lives marked by scholarly achievement and public legacy, as well as extraordinary lives devoted to family and community. Gifts will be used to support campus programs that make life better for women and the world better for all.

Participation in In Her Honor is a two-step process. First, please make your gift and designation. Then, please share a story about your honoree (optional). These stories will be archived and you will hear from the In Her Honor program before they are ready to be shared with the UW-Madison community.


Watch the Senior Class Office announce the 2019 Senior Class Gift

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4W Conveners: Engaging Our Campus


Rebecca Blank, PhD

Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The School of Human Ecology, the Global Health Institute and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies have created 4W with a strong partnership that brings together top researchers from many fields to focus on one central question: How do we harness the power of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of women around the world?  This program can have a deep and lasting impact on women, their families and their communities. And by creating international leadership and service learning opportunities for our students, 4W will inspire a new generation of scholars dedicated to women’s health and well-being.”

Soyeon Shim, PhD

Dean, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison

“When women suffer, everyone suffers – men, children, communities and families. The challenges facing women in Wisconsin and around the globe are multifaceted, thorny, and stubborn. Big problems need big thinkers. The 4W Initiative brings together alumni, students, innovators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and communities to find answers where none exist, and to do so with empathy. That’s why I am proud to be part of this initiative, and excited about the future.”

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Director, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison

“Women hold the key to health at home, in their communities, across their nations, and around the globe.”


Aili Tripp

Chair, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, UW-Madison

“Gender and Women’s studies scholars are engaged in gender analysis to better understand how women the world over are striving to improve their livelihoods, health, education, role in politics, and other concerns. The 4W Initiative allows for collaborative synergies across campus and beyond around these issues.”