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Promoting Equal Opportunity 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]

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

2013 - 2014 Executive Board

Co-Presidents
Meredith Hancks
Email: ML-Hancks@wiu.edu

Debra Allwardt
Email: D-Allwardt @wiu.edu
Secretary
Angie (Lovejoy) Knight
Email: AL-Lovejoy@wiu.edu
Treasurer
Rebekah Buchanan
Email: RJ-Buchanan@wiu.edu
 

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Some of WOW's Successes

  • Getting a dedicated Women's Studies program Degree Program
  • Documenting the need, advocating for, and raising the funds to establish a Women's Center
  • A Landmark study on salary equity
  • WIU's Parental Leave benefits
  • Dedicated Lactation Rooms on campus