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The Women of Rice

Our Present / Their Future – Spring 2015

Last spring, the Center was thrilled to launch a campus-wide initiative to document and archive the contributions women have made and will continue to make to Rice University. As a part of this ongoing project, a new photo exhibit titled "Our Present/Their Future" is now on display in the main first-floor hallway of Fondren Library.

The exhibit will be on display through March 31, 2015 and is free and open to the public. The exhibit features the portraits and stories of 13 prominent and influential Rice women, including former trustees, faculty, and staff. These women steered the university toward a future vision of Rice, one abundant with opportunities that we all enjoy today. Their stories are part of the remarkable historical legacy of women at Rice University.   

M Wheeler  OC Hobby

Left – Mary Wheeler received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rice in 1971, joined the new department of Mathematical Sciences (now Computational and Applied Mathematics) in 1973, and rose to full professor by 1980. She is currently at the University of Texas.   

Right – Oveta Culp Hobby, a business, media, military, and political leader with a national career that spanned over four decades. In 1967 she became the first woman named to the Rice Broad of Trustees.

On March 12, the Center will host a closing reception for the exhibit following the Women's History Month lecture by Margaret Jacobs.


Our Legacy and Labor – Spring 2014

On March 13, 2014, the Center was pleased to host a symposium that launched the "Women of Rice" project. The event concluded with a reception and oral history viewing, where the following video was screened: 


WOR 2013 movie 


3:30 PM ~ Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Third Floor

Welcome – Rosemary Hennessy – L. H. Favrot Professor of Humanities; Professor of English; Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

Lecture – “My Life with the Librarians” – Melissa Kean – Rice Centennial Historian


Lecture – “Careers and Invisible Work: A Symposium at Rice Fifty Years Ago” – Lora Wildenthal – Professor of History; Chair, Department of History


Presentation – “Rice University between Decisions” – Itohan Idumwonyi, Department of Religious Studies; Samhita Murthy Sunya, Department of English


Presentation – "SWGS 101 Oral History Project" – Abigail Rosas – Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Women,Gender, & Sexuality 

Screening – “Hally B. W. Poindexter”


"Women of Rice" – Display Case Exhibition, March through May 2014, Fondren Library, Third Floor Lobby

"The Women of Rice: The University Works Because We Do" – Portrait Exhibition, March through May 2014, Fondren Library, First Floor Hall


6 PM – Brochstein Pavillion


Screening: oral history excerpts from SWGS 101 Oral History Project

 The Women of Rice 2014