History of the Women's Mentorship Program

Retreat Evaluation PampletMore than forty years after Princeton’s decision in 1969 to admit women undergraduate students, institutional data confirms that Princeton women begin their college careers less confident than men. They are less inclined to think of themselves as leaders and more likely to lower their expectations of leading once on campus.

Inspired by the 2011 report issued by the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women's Leadership, which articulated the above findings and others, the Princeton Women’s Mentorship Program addresses a diverse range of issues pertaining to women’s leadership on Princeton’s campus.

The organization was founded in 2011-12 with 81 original undergraduate members. In 2012-13, membership expanded to 140 undergraduate women. In the fall of 2013, more than 260 undergraduate women students joined, with membership comprised of pod participants and general members. In spring of 2014, the program welcomed graduate women students, and the program expanded to 420 members. In the fall of 2014, over 610 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are members.

While striving to broaden the program to allow more women to actively engage in conversations about leadership on campus and beyond, we believe that the heart of the program lies in the bonds forged by mentorship and the valuable takeaways from our events. Be sure to read about our recent developments and upcoming events on our website if you are curious to learn more.