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Women’s History Month 2019

An Exhibition Celebrating Women of Impact


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Great Women Wear Orange

As we read about the Great Women from the University of Tennessee, we noticed a trend. Each woman recognized the contributions of other women. Each woman referenced others who supported them by serving as mentors, role models, and friends. Many of them mentioned each other. It became sort of a web that across time had benefited the University and in many ways created this list of notable women. This year we chose these 8 remarkable women, but they were not alone.

Cheri Beasley, Law Alumna, Chief Justice – North Carolina Supreme Court

Mary Jane Bell Sharp, First Woman Fulbright Winner

Maxine Thompson Davis, First African American Woman Dean of Students

Joy DeSensi, Professor Emerita, Former Sport Management Faculty

Susan Martin, First Woman Provost

Anne Mayhew, Former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Faculty

Donna Thomas, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Chief of Staff

Cheryl Travis, Professor Emerita, First Tenured Woman Faculty Member in Psychology


Women Champions of Vision and Courage

Sharice Davids, Congresswoman, First openly LGBTQ Native American elected to U.S. Congress

Emma Goldman, Jewish activist for economic and social emancipation of women

Rebecca Gratz, Jewish educator and philanthropist for women and children in Philadelphia

Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, First woman & Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal