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.

Four years ago we awarded our first Endowed Scholarship to a deserving student attending University College. This year, we are delighted to again be awarding two Endowed Scholarships to deserving University College students.


We will start the year on September 8, 2017, with the annual Fall Welcome Luncheon at the Chancellor’s hosted by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, the Chancellor’s wife. Risa’s warmth and generosity provide a chance for continuing members to reunite and for newcomers to learn about our Club events, Interest Sections, and Service Activities. A few days later on September 19th, we will enjoy a fall garden party a the Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden.  The garden is beautiful and relaxing, and full of butterflies. Woman’s Club members plant and maintain the garden throughout the year as a service to the University community. It is our crown jewel created to honor “Ibby”, the beloved wife of Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth.

Throughout the academic year, we will enjoy several luncheons with speakers who will speak on topics such as, “Plants, Power and Politics of the Last Medici Princess”, “Better a Pen in Hand Than a Rope Across the Forehead” and “Exploring the Area Between What Is and What Could Be”.  Additionally, at our January luncheon, we shall recognize two students from University College who are this year’s recipients of the Woman’s Club Endowed Centennial Scholarships. We will also hold two enjoyable “game days” this year, one in the fall and one next Spring, to help build the endowment. Members contribute a $40.00 tax-free donation which includes the games and a gourmet lunch.

Theater Matinee at the Edison in November offers a casual gathering in the DUC Gargoyle Room, a preview lecture, and a Performing Arts Department production of Kiss.

Through “Meet the Leaders,” we co-host programs with the Gephardt Institute and the Provost’s Office. On Veteran’s Day in November we will hold our service project, “Holiday Cards for Heroes,” with the Red Cross. We are also looking forward to our Women’s Shaw Nature Reserve Overnight Adventure.

“Women and the Kemper” provides exclusive study sessions with curators as well as special events. We have regular meetings of women who share common interests in our many interest groups and service activities. Additionally, we create and deepen lasting friendships as we do arts and crafts, learn about gardens and art, dance, join a book club, play bridge, scrabble, canasta, or Mah Jong, learn how to write our life stories, and visit special museum sites and galleries in St. Louis

Our international women are those women whose husbands or partners are students or fellows of the university. They love to meet American women in an intercultural exchange of ideas. This group meets every week to enjoy each other and see St. Louis.

We do all this and more, so be sure to read our online newsletter or have it sent to your mailbox to keep up to date on all of our activities. We hope you will join us this year for friendship and exciting events.

Karen Full Signature darkened

Karen Johnson Fields
President 2016-2018