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Friends of Women's Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the UH Friends of Women's Studies is to support the University of Houston Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program's research, teaching and campus and community activities through financial and volunteer efforts. The Friends also support the Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection--a unique collection of documents and oral histories from active and historical Houston area women's organizations and individuals who've made history in Houston and the region.

Friends Membership

2015-16 Members

TIME TO RENEW for 2015-16

(each level's benefits include those at lower levels)

Activist $35 Subscription to FWS e-newsletter
Rebel $75 Admission to 1 Living Archives & 1 Fast Friends
Feminist $125 Admission to all Living Archives & Fast Friends & Spring Student Luncheon
Sister $250 Fast Friends admission (bring a friend)
Suffragist $500 VIP seating at Living Archives
Fair Futurist $1,000 Ticket to Table Talk Kickoff Party
Riveter $2,500 Research luncheon with affiliated WGSS faculty
Advocate $5,000 Ms. Scarlet in the Archive with a Candlestick Tour
Aviatrix $10,000+ Mini Table Talk
Student $20 FWS e-newsletter, Living Archives & Fast Friends

Please make a contribution online at one of the levels listed OR fill in, print out, and mail in our Membership Form.

Corporate memberships are available for $1000 and up, and give membership status to multiple members of your group: Fair Futurists ($1000) may identify four employees as Friends members / year; Riveters may identify ten, Advocates may identify twenty and Aviatrix level corporate members may identify forty.

Please make a contribution online at one of the levels listed.

Board Members

  • President: Geordie Hrdlicka
  • Vice President: Leah Barton
  • Treasurer: Eliza Horn
  • Members: Patricia Cabrera, Lilian Care, Grace O'Malley Ebaugh, Caroline Fant, Andrea Gardner, Anna Maria Garza, Eleanor Gilbane, Christina Gorczynski, Sydney R. Greenblatt, Elizabeth Gregory, Ursula Hall, Melenda Jeter MD, Valerae Lewis MD, Laura Logan, Ann MacNaughton, Rufi Natarajan, Leisa Holland Nelson,  Angela Shippy MD, Carey C. Shuart, Michelle Leigh Smith, Rebecca Golden Timsar, Leah Pederson Thomas


The Friends of Women's Studies host Table Talk and the Living Archives series, among other events.

Table Talk

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Table Talk is a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch. Dynamic women of various cultures, professions, and experiences lead the discussions at each table. Table Talk benefits the Women's Studies Program and the Women's ARC (Archive and Research Center) at the University of Houston. The Women's ARC was established in 1996 to collect, preserve, and share the stories of women's contributions to the life and culture of Texas and Houston. Our focus is the written records and oral histories of women's organizations and of individual women who have affected our lives. As a contributor to Table Talk you help support these important endeavors.

The next Table Talk will be held March 6 2015, at the Hilton Americas. Join us for another year of great conversations!

Living Archives

The Living Archives series, held at the Rockwell Pavillion in the UH MD Anderson Library, offers panel discussions on diverse aspects of women's lives in Houston. These discussions are open to the public. The panels are professionally videotaped and become part of the Shuart Women's Archive at the University of Houston's Anderson Library.

Friends of Women's Studies Advisory Council Members

Dina Alsowayel, Annette Bracey, MaryScott Hagle, Mandy Kao, Nina Andrews Karohl, GinRu Lee, Susana Monteverde, Sue Payne, Beverly Robinson, Rebecca Rush, Yava Scott, Carey Shuart, and MaryRoss Taylor.