women’s history

A Thin Black Line

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2015

One of the beautiful things about archive collections are the serendipitous moments when you just happen upon something.  That was the case for how I came across this letter from Eleanore Roosevelt, written to her good friend in St. Louis. Dated May 18, 1945 the letter is typed on mourning statio...

The Flag of W.U.

By Karisa Tavassoli (WU Class 2016) on March 31, 2015

And now I say that by more than fifty years of growth Washington University has earned the right to her magnificent housing. She has earned her right to fly her flag- not as an empty sign, but as her emblem, full of thrilling meaning to each one of us who are bound to her by […]

Why Ms. Ernst is a Boss

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on January 7, 2015

Ms. Lillie Rose Ernst graduated cum laude from Washington University in 1892. She went from being one of the first women to graduate from Wash.U. to a very influential woman within the University and throughout St. Louis. Image right: Portrait of Ms. Ernst (Collection of Photographs of Unusual Fo...

A Woman to be Celebrated: Edna Gellhorn

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on November 12, 2014

Edna Fischel Gellhorn (1878-1970) worked as an active member of the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conservation, Consumer’s Milk Commission, Smoke Elimination Committee, American Association of University Women, United Nations Association, the National Municipal League, St. Louis U...

Amelia Earhart: Aviation Adventures at WU

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 24, 2014

In honor of Amelia Earhart’s birthday (July 24) University Archives takes a look back at the famous flyer’s only campus visit: Tuesday evening, October 29, 1935, Earhart spoke as part of the W.U. Association’s yearly lecture series. (more about the Association below) The 12 part...

Nobel Prize winner at WU: Gerty Cori

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate Student worker on December 10, 2013

Every 10th of December, ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm honor that year’s Nobel Prize winners.  Currently, Washington University in St. Louis boasts connections to 23 Nobel laureates.  Among them is Gerty Cori, who researched and taught at the University from 1931 to 1957.  In 1947, she became t...

Women’s Education: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate student worker on May 24, 2013

In December of 1870, William Greenleaf Eliot penned the following thoughts in his journal, which he jotted down after writing a speech on women’s education at the Missouri State Teachers’ Conference. He wrote, “We cannot now turn back, and having now admitted all the destructive powers of ignoran...