Skip to page navigation menu Skip entire header
Brown University
Skip 13 subheader links

A History of Women of Brown United (1970-1991)


Women of Brown United (WBU) was a women’s liberation group founded at Brown University, Providence, RI, in September 1970. During its existence, WBU helped transform Brown to achieve many of the initial goals it set out in its first year, and many more that later emerged. WBU advocated for equal representation of women in faculty positions, laid the groundwork for a women's studies concentration and a women's center, and called for the addition of medical practitioners dedicated to women's reproductive healthcare on campus, among many other successful efforts. Women of Brown United endured as a Brown organization until the early 1990s. This history was compiled by Mimi Pichey '72 in 2020 to mark the 50th anniversary of WBU's founding. For more information on WBU, see also the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender records (collection number: OF-1ZSA-1).

Access Conditions

In Copyright
Restrictions on Use
All rights reserved. Collection is open for research.


Pichey, Mimi, "A History of Women of Brown United (1970-1991)" (2020). Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



  • Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

    Founded in 1981, the Pembroke Center was named to honor Pembroke College and the history of women’s efforts to gain access to higher education. The Center's research and teaching agenda focuses on theoretical questions about gender and difference. It is …