Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Stevens

A Special Message from Susan Metz, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Susan Metz

In late 1970, the Stevens Board of Trustees approved the admission of women undergraduates to Stevens, and in the fall of 1971 nineteen courageous, excited, and probably anxious trailblazing women stepped onto campus to begin their studies and paved the way for many others to follow. Fifty years later the power of women at Stevens resonates throughout our community in every way. In 2021, Stevens is home to 1,100 women undergraduates – almost 30% of the undergraduate population. Women have thrived at Stevens as influential student leaders, outstanding athletes, accomplished scholars, strong contributors to student organizations, and classroom interactions. It’s hard to imagine the campus community any other way.

After graduation, Stevens women continue to make their mark nationally and internationally, in academia, government, industry, and service to the university at the highest levels. Beginning this month, designated as women’s history month, and continuing throughout 2021 Stevens plans to recognize this anniversary with stories and events celebrating this transformational milestone.

Kicking off our celebration is the launch of the women at Stevens website, which showcases stories of women at Stevens, a timeline of key moments and events taking place across the university. The website commemorates this historic occasion and provides an opportunity to share stories from the past, present, and into the future.

Susan Metz Signature

Susan Susan Metz
Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Meet the Women of the Class of 1975

September 1971 marked the beginning of a new era for Stevens as women were officially admitted into the school’s undergraduate program. Out of a class of 387, 19 women composed the inaugural group— a “long overdue and necessary experiment for the Institute,” according to an article in the Stevens Indicator the previous year. They were vanguard, the first women to overcome the societal barriers that until then limited their opportunities for educational advancement.  We invite you to learn more about the extraordinary women who rose to the challenges of their time, ultimately paving the way for the generations of Stevens women to follow. 

Through the Years

Timeline of Women at Stevens

Women have long made an impact at Stevens Institute of Technology, even before the university welcomed its first undergraduate class of women 50 years ago. In this historical timeline, learn more about the impactful contributions women have made to the Stevens community.

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Female Athlete - Track

Making Their Mark

Our alumni include New York's first woman to receive a New York City Master Electrician's license, the first person to be designated as Maryland's biotechnology industry representative, and many other pioneers. For more than 50 years, Stevens women have profoundly influenced our world, and continue to lead in a wide range of fields. Read on to discover some of the many inspiring Stevens women who have made their mark on history.

Kathryn Bender 1977

Five Decades of Trailblazers

Sponsored by the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership, Development & Alumni Engagement and the Samuel C. Williams Library’s Archives & Special Collections, the event invited five alumnae representing each of the last five decades to reflect on their experiences at Stevens and discuss insights from their careers and personal lives since graduation.

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5 Decades of Trailblazers Panel Program

Support Women at Stevens

To celebrate the achievements of Stevens alumnae, we invite you to support one of our priorities such as scholarships, athletics, and or the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership which will provide opportunities for the next generations of Stevens women.

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In Her Own Words

In 2018, the Samuel C. Williams Library launched Voices from Castle Point, a collection of oral histories from Stevens alumni and other members of the Stevens community.

In Her Own Words: Voices from Castle Point

Voices from Castle Point was originally conceived to document the experiences of women at Stevens — a group underrepresented in the Archives.
Group of Women at Stevens


The Lore-El Center for Women's Leadership

The Lore-El Center for Women's Leadership

The Lore-El Center is located in a Victorian-style home in close proximity to campus that serves as a central point of community and education for Stevens women. The mission of Lore-El is to increase awareness to issues facing all genders; empower Stevens women to further their co-curricular development; and create a supportive and inclusive environment

Women at Lore-El Event

Student Groups

View this list of student organizations that provide programming, resources, and opportunities to bolster women's pursuit of their professional and personal goals.


Sororities at Stevens

Women at Stevens join sororities in search of a fulfilling undergraduate experience, leadership development, community service opportunities, and above all, sisterhood. Today, roughly 40% of undergraduate women belong to one of seven active sororities on campus.

Entrance to the Samuel C. Williams library at dusk.

Samuel C. Williams Library Research Guide

In this research guide, you will find books, ebooks, journal articles, and internet resources on the wide and varied subject of women's role in history, as well as information about some of the women of Stevens.