Women and the Yale Corporation

Back in April, alums received an email from Yale reminding us to vote in the Yale Corporation’s Alumni Fellow Election. Two candidates – both male – were put forth, which prompted many of us to ask: what has been the role of women on the Yale Corporation? If you were or are curious, here are some facts:

  1. There are seventeen trustees, including the president of Yale. This past year, there were seven women trustees on the Corporation. Click here to learn more about them.
  2. The first female trustee to be elected by alums to the Corporation was Marian Wright Edelman ’63 LLB, ’85 LLDH, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. She served on the Corporation from 1971 to 1977. Click here to learn more about Marian Wright Edelman.
  3. In the history of the Yale Corporation, a total of 27 women have served on the Corporation, out of a total of 91 trustees.
  4. One of the current trustees, Eve Rice ’73, was in the first coeducational freshman class and is a founding member of YaleWomen.
  5. In the September 2017 issue of this newsletter, YaleWomen interviewed Yale Corporation member and president and CEO of Boston Medical Center Kate Walsh ’77, ’79 MPH. Read her interview here.

For more on the Yale Corporation, click here.

For more about women on corporate boards, watch YaleWomen’s webinar “In Conversation: Access and Impact of Women on Corporate Boards.”

- Stephanie Yu Lim ’00, Chair, Communications Content Committee

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