The Washington University Woman's Club

The Washington University Woman’s Club has had a tradition of education, service and friendship for over 100 years. We pride ourselves in providing stimulating programs and activities for our members as well as service to the university community. We strive to make a difference to our members, to the university, to the students, to friends and to other organizations through our many programs.

During COVID-19, some of our events will be held in-person and some will be virtual. Please visit our Events page for more information.

The Risa Zwerling Wrighton Endowed Scholarships are given to deserving students attending University College. This year, we are delighted to be awarding five Endowed Scholarships.

Welcome to the Woman’s Club of Washington University!

Our mission is to provide opportunities for friendship, learning and service to our members and to the broader Washington University community.

We offer a welcoming environment, encourage friendships, create opportunities for growth, and promote serve to Washington University and the community at large. While our club is proud of its 109-year history of service, our present-day active membership strives to use the resources of Washington University and our accomplished, dedicated members to address current issues of collegiality, lifelong learning, and expanded community outreach.


Some of our activities and events include:

Friendship – There is room for you at our tables

  • Interest Groups. Choose from Arts and Crafts, Bridge, Canasta, Dance, Literature Review, Mah Jongg, Scrabble, Writing, etc. Groups meet on various days and times.
  • Luncheons. We host three luncheon a year with diverse themes.
  • Informal partnerships with Washington University departments to strengthen connections.

Learning and Growth – Come and learn with us

  • Lectures – current topics of interest are held throughout the year
  • Trips to local galleries and museums
  • A Washington University matinee and a spring musicale are planned
  • Tours of the WU campus and the Missouri Botanical Orchid Show
  • Women and the Kemper – support the Kemper Museum and participate in in-depth study sessions.

Service – Join us and make a difference

  • The Risa Zwerling Wrighton Scholarship Endowment Fund provides funding to an increasing number of University College recipients. Various fundraisers are planned annually to support this effort.
  • Our Elizabeth Gray Danforth Butterly Garden is supported and sustained by our club volunteers who serve as caretakers of the garden for the community.
  • Holiday Cards for Heroes events support military families and veterans.
  • Homeplate is a program for Washington University students far from home. Students are paired with volunteers who host two or three informal dinners during the school year for the students.
  • International Women – Members welcome and host international guests to mutually honor cultures and traditions and develop friendships.

As you can see, our many opportunities and offerings allow you to be as engaged and active as you would prefer.

Please visit our Membership page and join in as we meet, live and give together.

~ Carmen Dence
President 2021-22