Western Organization for Women

The Western Organization for Women.

Promoting Equal Opportunity for Women for Over 40 Years

The Western Organization for Women (WOW) was established in 1971 out of concern for women's opportunities for advancement on the campus of Western Illinois University. [ View more about our history ]

News - Spring 2015

Call for Nominations

We need members to serve on our awards committee, and we need your nominations for the WOW Achievement Award

Feminist Reading Group

WOW has revived our Feminist Reading Group. Please let us know if you are interested in taking part.

WOW Needs Committee Members

We have several committees which remain inactive due to lack of volunteers. If you would like WOW to continue, we need members to serve on these committees. Please let us know if you are willing to donate your valuable time and expertise for our organization. 

  • Liaison
  • Professional Advancement
  • Program
  • Social
  • Past Presidents’ Advisory


The purpose of WOW is to provide for continuing interaction among members in order to consider and act on common interests and issues relating to women. One of the first projects undertaken by WOW was a landmark salary study which led to some improvement in women's salaries.

Let Us Know What Matters To You

We welcome input from all members of the campus community on these and any other topics of special interest to women and those who care about them. Please join us!


  • To promote equal opportunity for women in all situations within the university;
  • To enhance the position of women at the university;
  • To collaborate with other local, state, and national women’s organizations in order to assist in improving the status of women in society; and
  • To stimulate and encourage women students at WIU to become aware of their roles as women and to participate in activities which define and enlarge these roles.

We Need YOUR Help to Support Our Mission

  • Become a member. Membership is open to ALL members of the campus community, no matter the classification, contract, role, gender. If you wish to help us advance the cause of social justice, join us!
  • Submit your questions for our annual "Meeting with the President."
  • Attend our events
  • Make a donation
  • Listen to 51% on WIUM Tri-States Radio on Saturdays & send an email to the station thanking them for hosting this program
  • Join our Programming Committee

2014 - 2015 Executive Board - Fall 2014 Meetings - 2:00 p.m.

Heather McMeekan
(309) 298-1325
Email: HM-McMeekan@wiu.edu

Position Vacancy]

Angie (Lovejoy) Knight
Email: AL-Lovejoy@wiu.edu

Rebekah Buchanan
Email: RJ-Buchanan@wiu.edu

Some of WOW's Successes

Though these issues continue to require our attention, support, and advocacy, some of the ways WOW has made WIU a better place for all include:

  • Getting a dedicated Women's Studies program Degree Program
  • Documenting the need, advocating for, and raising the funds to establish a Women's Center
  • Establishing more equity on spending for the women's sports teams
  • Getting women's personal product bins in women's bathrooms
  • Advocating for more representation in administrative decision-making positions on campus
  • A Landmark study on salary equity
  • WIU's Parental Leave benefits
  • Dedicated Lactation Rooms on campus

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