The Women's Board has approximately 460 members. Our membership is diverse: approximately one third of our members are alumnae of the University, another ten percent are married to alumni and the rest, more than half of our members, are friends of the University. The Women's Board endeavors to maintain this balance in order to effectively expose people with a wide variety of relationships to Chicago to the important and interesting work of the University.
The Women’s Board is comprised of intellectually curious and dynamic women. We meet in an atmosphere that is both intellectually stimulating and socially welcoming. Our members and their guests enjoy an “inside” experience and connection with the vibrant University of Chicago community, through luncheon and evening lectures featuring the University’s extraordinary faculty.
The Women's Board raises substantial funds from its membership each year. One hundred percent of the money received is used to fund academic programming and research, projects that enhance student life and University initiatives that benefit surrounding communities. All of these projects are chosen by Women's Board members serving on our Projects Committee.
The Chair of the Women's Board is appointed by the President of the University. The Steering Committee, appointed by the Chair, seeks to enhance the ways in which the Women's Board may be most valuable to its members and the University, and acts as the general policy-determining body of the Women's Board. The Projects Committee, convened by the Chair each spring, reviews and selects the projects to be funded by the Women's Board during the following fiscal year. The Women's Board fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.