When women work together to support and encourage one another, they generate an unparalleled
force for change.
For more than 100 years, women have made vital contributions to the University of
Memphis and the Mid-South. It was the women of the Nineteenth Century Club who first
crusaded to established a four-year women’s college in Memphis in 1901. Those progressive
efforts gained momentum and ultimately led to the University’s founding 11 years later.
We recognize that the talents, dedication, and perseverance of women are crucial to
our success. Together, we will increase and enhance opportunities for women as well
as support the next generation of leaders to their full potential.
The University of Memphis is proud to unite the female leaders of today with those
of tomorrow to strengthen their enduring impact on our community. To deepen our commitment
to the invaluable women of our community, the University of Memphis is pleased to
launch the Women's Leadership and Philanthropy Council - a network for women to connect,
collaborate, and develop as leaders and philanthropists.
We invite you to discover and celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments
of our alumnae and friends through the Women's Leadership and Philanthropy Council.
Join us as we strengthen our community and university with this historic endeavor.
Dr. Shirley C. Raines, President Emeritus
In this section, we celebrate women who have given their time, talent, and resources
to make the University of Memphis a place of excellence.
Rita Sparks exemplifies the power of women's leadership and philanthropy. In 2010, Rita received
both the University of Memphis Distinguished Friend Award and the Tennessee Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for her support
of higher education.
To read Rita's full profile and see more women like her, visit our Profiles in Philanthropy
page by clicking here
Women Making History
The Power of Women
Investing in Women
Profiles in Philanthropy
For additional information, please contact: Joanna Curtis