Emily Taylor

Year Inducted: 
1999
Emily Taylor
Highlights: 
  • Founder of the KU Women’s Resource and Career Development Center, now Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center
  • Dean of Women at the University Of Kansas from 1956 until 1975
  • Director of the Office Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education, Washington DC, from 1975 to 1982
  • Served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women for the State of Kansas from 1969 until 1975
Biography: 

Emily Taylor served as Director of the Office Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education, Washington DC, from 1975 to 1982. From 1956 until she joined ACE, she served as Dean of Women at the University of Kansas.

It was at Kansas that Dr. Taylor developed the Women’s Resource and Career Planning Center, which was renamed in her honor in 1974. The Resource Center continue to assist both female and male students to understand and adjust to their changing economic, legal, and social roles. Dr. Taylor also founded the first university Commission on the Status of Women in the United States and produced and moderated for public radio “A Feminist Perspective,” which aired weekly for four years.

During her tenure as Director of the Office of Women at ACE, a nationwide, state-based network entitled the National Identification Program was established. This program identified women who are ready for high-level administrative positions and assists them to attain their goals. Many established leaders in higher education, both men and women, participate in this program for the advancement of emerging women leaders. More than 60 women participants became Presidents or Chancellors of colleges and universities, and hundreds of other women have advanced to higher level administrative positions.

Dr. Taylor received her formal education at Urban College, Ohio State University, and Indiana University. She held positions in personnel administration and teaching at Northern Montana College, Indiana University, and Miami University of Ohio before coming to the University of Kansas in 1956.

Post-1982, Dr. Taylor continued her affiliation with the American Council on Education as a Senior Associate and served as a frequent lecturer, keynote speaker, and consultant. For many years she served as a leader of women educators, women’s organizations, and groups concerned with the status of women. She served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women for the State of Kansas from 1969 until 1975 and was appointed to the Maryland Commission on the Status of Women in the same year. She served from 1975 to 1977 as President of the National Association of Commissions for Women, an organization of commissions on the status of women established officially by state, municipal, and county jurisdictions.

Dr. Taylor was Chair of the Maryland State Coordinating Committee for the International Women’s year conference in 1977 and a delegate to the IWY convention in Houston. She also was a member of the board of the National Women’s Conference Committee, the committee charged with monitoring progress of the Houston Plan of Action and preparing for the second women’s conference in 1987.

She was a trustee and officer of the national board of the Status of Women Research and Education Fund and served on the national board of the Women’s Equity Action League. She was President of three branches of the American Association of University Women, President of the Kansas Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and President of the Kansas Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. From 1978 to 1982 she was President of the Women’s Institute of DC, Inc. / The American University and served as Chair of the Board after that.


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