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YaleWomen Council member Anne Boucher ’80 receives the Yale Medal

Anne Boucher ’80, a member of the YaleWomen Council and co-chair of the Chapters Committee, was one of five individuals selected by the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) to receive the Yale Medal during Assembly LXXVII in November.

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Do you know about the Yale Women Faculty Forum?

The Yale Women Faculty Forum has just released its 2016-2017 Annual Report detailing the organization’s progress on policy, awareness and gender equity initiatives over the past year. Established in 2001 during Yale’s Tercentennial year to highlight the importance of women faculty at the University, the organization aims to foster gender equity through policy, initiatives, research and innovative programs. The report includes a preview of highlights of Women, Men Faculty and Yale University: The View, which consists of data compiled every five years on the demographic breakdown of men and women faculty at Yale and in leadership positions. Key findings include: 47% (7/15) of Yale’s schools are headed by female deans following the recent naming of five new female deans, compared with 16.6% (2/12) five years ago. However, the number of female chairs at the Yale School of Medicine, where about 60% of the faculty are located, has not changed in 25 years. In 1992 there were 10% female chairs (2/21 departments) whereas today it is 11% (3/28 departments). To keep abreast of WFF news, sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook.


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Photo of Pauli Murray, Senior Fellow, Yale Law School. Office of Public Affairs, Yale University. Courtesy of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

YaleWomen Webinar Explores Sex and Gender Equity in Health Research with Dr. Carolyn Mazure

Q:What happens when sex and gender are factored into clinical research and trials, and – equally important – the analysis of outcomes?

A:It changes our understanding about women’s health.

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Sailing Lessons: a Conversation with Laura Grondin ’85, Treasurer and Immediate Past Chair of YaleWomen and CEO and President of Corporate Member Virginia Industries

The ongoing success of the Yale Women’s Sailing Team – defending winners of both the National and Atlantic Coast Championships in 2017 – is an example of one of the many ways that women benefit from their Yale experience. But for Laura Grondin, sailing is a lot more than “something she did in school.” Laura, who crewed her first three years at Yale, skippered as a senior, and now races competitively, shared her thoughts on the meaningful role that sailing has played in her life, as well as some personal and professional life lessons that can be of relevance and an inspiration to all of us.

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YaleWomen interviews Yale’s new Director of the Asian American Cultural Center Joliana Yee

YaleWomen interviews Joliana Yee, the new Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), who assumes her position in January.


Q.How do you view your role as Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)?

A.As Assistant Dean of Yale College Student Engagement and Director of the AACC, I view my role as a unique opportunity to build a strong sense of community among and advocate for the diverse needs of students within the Asian and Asian American community in a manner that uplifts all marginalized populations on campus. Being able to work alongside three other strong women who are at the helm of leadership at the Afro-American, La Casa and Native American Cultural Centers respectively, to foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment, is a privilege I look forward to. In the current sociopolitical climate of this country, I am inspired by the words of Yuri Kochiyama to utilize my role at the AACC to build bridges across differences, not walls.   

Q.What is your vision for the AACC?  What initiatives are planned for the AACC and how do you plan to integrate AACC into campus life? 

A.My vision for the AACC is first and foremost for it to be student-centered; a space that is for the students and by the students, as they are the heart of the center. I also hope for the AACC to become a space where the Asian and Asian American identity can be developed and understood in a manner that embraces intersectionality because all forms of inequity are connected. I plan to spend my first few weeks on campus establishing meaningful connections with student leaders, campus partners, as well as alums to gather their input and get a clearer sense of what students are feeling energy around before planning any major initiatives. From my experience, I have learned that for any initiative to be successful you want as many people to know that their voice is considered in the process. Assistant Director, Sheraz Iqbal, and the AACC staff have already been working hard to successfully integrate the AACC into campus life. I look forward to supporting their continued efforts and taking it to new heights.

Q.What are some of the most important issues facing Asian Americans today in higher education and how does the AACC hope to address these issues? 

A.There are a whole host of important issues that face the Asian American community today and I believe that is just reflective of the diversity within the Asian American community. I think the most pressing issues facing Asian Americans in higher education are the persistent invisibility of Asian Americans in leadership and a misguided fear that is propelling select groups within the Asian American community to rally behind anti-affirmative action movements across the country. It is my hope that the AACC will provide educational programs that will raise up the next generation of critically conscious Asian American leaders.

Q.You grew up in Malaysia and were a first generation graduate student – can you talk a little about your background and your experience as an international student?  How has your experiences in American higher education shaped your views of Asian Americans in higher education?  

A.Great question! I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the first 19 years of my life and loved every moment of it. I am the youngest of three daughters whom my parents, Franco Yee and Lily Phuah worked tirelessly to love, support and provide opportunities for that they never had. I came to the US in 2006 in pursuit of my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics at Miami University (OH). Growing up as a Chinese woman in Malaysia significantly shaped my lived experiences, being a member of an ethnically/racially minoritized group helped prepare me to navigate my re-racialization experiences as an Asian person in the US. Attending and working at higher education institutions in the Midwest and New England regions developed my appreciation for the unique Asian American history that shapes the context of higher education today. That understanding will continue to inform my practice and research pursuits as a scholar-practitioner moving forward. 

Q.Anything else you would like to share with us? 

A. Fun fact: Connecticut is the state I have spent the most number of years living in for the duration of my time in the US and I am excited to return! 


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Chair, Communications Content Committee

Photo courtesy of Joliana Yee.

YaleWomen Receives 2017 AYA Board of Governors Excellence Award for Most Creative Use of Technology and Social Networking Media

For effort ahead of the curve, based on design, creativity, implementation and response, this award was presented to YaleWomen in November “for its creative use of technology as demonstrated in two webinars it produced last year, ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Salary Negotiation.’ One of YaleWomen’s priorities this year is to maximize the engagement of alums, and these webinars, delivered in a format accessible to alums and students, support that goal. YaleWomen has developed a large cybernetwork: of the 10,000 alums who have joined YaleWomen; 3,400 are members of its Facebook group, thereby comprising a virtual chapter. The open-and-click rates for YaleWomen’s e-newsletters exceed industry standards, as does the success of its webinars, which engage alums across Yale College and the Graduate & Professional Schools, and around the world.


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What We’re Hearing

From a 1993 Yale College (BA) alum about the YaleWomen webinar with Women's Health Research at Yale: “This was my first time signing up for a YaleWomen webinar. The topic was not related to my professional field, but that is what made it interesting for me. It felt like dropping into a guest speaker talk back on campus. I was exposed to information that expanded my understanding of important issues.  Carolyn Mazure was great and Elisa Spungen Bildner, who facilitated the discussion, raised good questions.”

From a 1988 Yale College (BA) alum about the YaleWomen LA Holiday Party Potluck: “Thank you, YaleWomen LA, for another incredible holiday party. I'm always awed by the brilliant, dynamic, accomplished women who inhabit our community. I look forward to seeing everyone at future YWLA events!”

From a 2000 School of Medicine (MMedSci) alum about the YaleWomen Connecticut Holiday Potluck Dinner: “Thank you for a fantastic evening and dinner.  For years I have sought a connection like I had during my time at Yale.  I wish I knew that all I needed to do was come to a YaleWomen event.  My heart is content knowing I have found Yalies again.  Looking forward to much more in the future!”

From a 1996 Yale College (BA) alum about the YaleWomen Houston Holiday Cookie Exchange: “I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations and the chance to connect with a few new Yale women! It’s so exciting to know our community continues to grow! It’s a fantastic new YaleWomen tradition!”


YaleWomen Chapter Spotlight: YaleWomen DC Hosts Salons

Ellen Fox ’81 had an idea. She wanted to create a forum or activity that would enable intellectually curious people to cut through superficial small talk to a deeper level of dialogue and relationship-building. Inspired by Enlightenment Salons of the 18th century, Ellen – with the help of her friend Lynn Borton ’83 – developed a unique model that includes short readings and a structured interactive group process designed for each topic. Ellen, who is also a Harvard Medical School grad, proposed the Salon series as a joint venture between the Alumni Network of Harvard Women and YaleWomen.

The inaugural salon – the theme of which was “Why Women Bully Other Women” – was held in September at Ellen’s home. The event was so successful (registrations sold out in hours!) that Ellen worked with chapter heads Juliet Drake ’86 and Sara Romeyn ’91 to add a second Salon that followed the same “script” as the original Salon at Ellen’s house, but took place simultaneously at another Yale (or Harvard) alum’s home in the DC area. The topics of the Salons held in November and December were “Authenticity” and “Are You Lucky?”  The Salons clearly have struck a chord with alums!


If you are interested in starting your own Salon series based on the Harvard/YaleWomen’s Salon model (spoiler alert: the theme for the January Salon will be “Mansplaining”) contact For more information about other YaleWomen DC events, contact the chapter heads at and check the calendar on the YaleWomen website.

Photo courtesy of YaleWomen DC Facebook.

Anita Hill: A Hero for Our Times

On October 30th Anita Hill ’80 JD returned to the Yale campus to join President Peter Salovey for the third event in the President’s Women of Yale Lecture Series.  More recently, in December, Hill was named to lead a commission that has been formed to help combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Coverage of the discussion between Professor Hill and President Salovey included a Yale News piece, “The fight against sexual harassment isn’t nearly over, says Anita Hill” and the Yale Women Faculty Forum’s “Anita Hill Returns to Campus, Revisiting Sexual Misconduct Policies.”  Their discussion can be viewed in its entirety on Yale's YouTube channel.

The discussion was the third event in the President’s Women of Yale Lecture Series. In anticipation of 2019, which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of coeducation in Yale College and more than 150 years of women in Yale’s graduate and professional schools, the series celebrates outstanding Yale alumnae.  Past speakers have included Vera Wells ’71 and Maya Lin ’81 and ’86 MArch.

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