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PCCW Expanding the Role of Women
at Cornell and Beyond

Cornell was the first Ivy League school to admit women students (1870), and it counts numerous other “firsts” on behalf of women’s equality in higher education among its many accomplishments. PCCW is proud to contribute to this legacy.  

Each semester, PCCW Chairs and Vice Chairs meet one-to-one with the university president to discuss the group’s suggestions and concerns regarding the advancement of Cornell women faculty and administrators. PCCW also works on numerous other fronts to expand the role of women at Cornell and beyond, including:

Broader Engagement with CornellBroader Engagement with Cornell

Many PCCW members continue their Cornell service in other alumni leadership roles, thus ensuring that issues important to Cornell women remain central to university decision-making.

To date, 20 PCCW members have received the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award in recognition of their contributions to Cornell. PCCW members currently also comprise:

  • 69 Trustees, Trustees Emeritae, Presidential Councillors (as ex-officio members)
  • 18 Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Cornell University Council
  • 356 instances of participation on university advisory boards
  • 364 women who are or were class officers
  • 6,712 volunteer commitments in 693 different roles

More information about PCCW members’ broader engagement with Cornell is available here and also through our videos on CornellCast.

Leadership Grants

The PCCW Leadership Endowment was established in 2000 to provide grants that prepare Cornell women for leadership. Information on past PCCW Leadership Grants recipients is available here.

Bringing Women Leaders to Campus

PCCW has been instrumental in bringing high-profile women leaders to campus, thereby raising the visibility within the Cornell community of women leaders on the national and global stage. Past speakers have included:

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw '81, Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School
  • Kate Snow '91, National Correspondent, NBC News
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, United States
    Senator from New York
  • Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
  • Sandra Fluke, attorney and women’s rights activist
  • Sheryl WuDunn, business leader, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner
Gillibrand Verveer