Our History

The Center has formally existed for over 40 years. The Center was originally created by Dean Emily Taylor through the Dean of Women's Office to act as a career and resource center for women. Below is a timeline of major events in the Center's life.


  • Fall 1970: Dean Taylor creates the Women's Resource and Career Center
  • 1974: Women's Resource Center named for Dr. Emily Taylor
  • March 1977: First Advisory Board members solicited
  • April 18, 1977: First Advisory Board meeting held
  • April 1978: ETWRCC guidelines established, logo created by Kaylyn Monroe
  • August 1978: Barbara Bloom appointed Coordinator
  • July 1978: ETWRCC given own budget and placed in the Division of Student Affairs
  • 1980: Fundraising efforts become a focus of the Board, Plainswoman fund established
  • November 1980: Barbara Ballard named Coordinator
  • 1998: Kathy Rose-Mockry named Director
  • 2004: Women of Distinction Calendar created to promote positive representation of KU women
  • 2005: Center adds a full-time Assistant Director
  • 2008- Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture was established to honor former KU student and activist Jana Mackey, who was murdered that year by her former boyfriend.  See link: http://janamackeyseries.ku.edu/
  • 2009: KU Women's Hall of Fame display erected on the 5th floor in the Kansas Union thanks to the generous support of the Center's friends and the efforts of Dr. Kala Stroup
  • 2009: Men of Merit poster program begins
  • 2012:  The Center was moved from Student Affairs to the newly-created Office of Diversity and Equity within the Provost’s Office.  Right after the move was announced, the Center’s name was changed from Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center to the current name: Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity.
  • 2015: The Center moved to Wescoe Hall, Room 4024
  • 2017: Gender Equity in Action award announced at Emily Taylor Center Recognition Banquet 

Did You Know..
  • Only 23% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% three years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 40 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 31% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 77% of what median earnings are for men

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