Women's Initiatives

"William & Mary women are a force that continues to shape the future of the university and the world around us. I am proud that my alma mater is at the forefront of universities who are actively working to find innovative ways to engage, empower and celebrate women."

Elizabeth Cabell Jennings ’85, P ’17

A Letter from the Director of Alumnae Initiatives

In 1918, William & Mary opened its doors to 24 women students. Today, women students, parents, staff, faculty, friends and alumnae help shape the current and future character of the university.

William & Mary women are inspiring, empowering and leading the world in all walks of life, personally and professionally. The goal of women’s initiatives at William & Mary is to support the interests, standing and well-being of all W&M women and to continue to foster a climate of inclusiveness that will propel our special brand of bold to impact W&M and the world.

As part of the celebration of 100 years of coeducation at W&M, we will hold our first Women’s Weekend on September 21-23, 2018. This conference-style weekend will bring students, parents, faculty, staff and alumnae from across the decades to Williamsburg to empower one another and celebrate the accomplished women of William & Mary.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, we have created an Alumnae Initiatives Endowment to enrich programming and enhance opportunities for women across the W&M community. We have already surpassed our initial goal of 100 women contributing a total of $1 million for the fund, but our work has just begun, and we hope you will help keep the momentum going.

W&M women impact the world with their time, talent, and treasure. The For the Bold campaign will enable us to continue our ability to foster bold W&M women.

Valerie J. Cushman
Director of Alumnae Initiatives

Giving Opportunity

Alumnae Initiatives Endowment (4156)

As part of the effort to commemorate 100 years of coeduction, William & Mary has established an endowment to support alumnae initiatives programs. Income from the endowment will be used to enrich and expand current offerings that bring all W&M women together to strengthen their bonds with one another with and with alma mater. Examples include the W&M Women’s Weekend, regional women’s events and networking opportunities.

Gifts to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment may be paid over five years ($2,000/year). Participation at this level will qualify donors for membership in the Society of 1918.

Society of 1918


The Society of 1918 is committed to growing women's engagement, leadership and philanthropy and to celebrating and honoring William & Mary women. Our vision is for William & Mary women to achieve a level of impact, influence and generosity commensurate with their majority representation in the alumni community.

Women’s Initiatives Links

Women’s Initiatives News

  •  Val Cushman ,  Senior Director, Alumni Engagement & Inclusion Initiatives
  •  757-221-1622
  •   vjcushman@wm.edu