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History of the Organization of Women Faculty

In 1981, 72 percent of all women faculty at Northwestern held the rank of assistant professor or below. One-third of all women faculty were lecturers-a position that did not even guarantee library privileges. Many with higher rank held merely one-year visiting appointments. And high rates of attrition guaranteed that most women faculty would never have a chance at tenure.

Thanks to OWF and its allies, working conditions and opportunities for women faculty at Northwestern University have seen marked improvements over the past two decades.

In its first year, OWF

Learn more about the history of Northwestern University's women's advocacy groups and programs here.

See a chronological list of all OWF initiatives here.