Women's Resource Centers emerged as a response to concerns raised by students, faculty, administrators, and staff about gender inequalities on college and university campuses. The first documented Campus Women's Center was established at the University of Minnesota in 1960; Women's Resource Centers now exist at over 400 higher-education institutions in the United States, including public and private institutions providing two-and four-year degree programs.

Women's Resource Centers share many commonalities, such as advocating for institutional and individual level change and equity, improving women's positions and conditions within the academy, and advancing educational success for women students. Women's Resource Centers broadly include multiple mission emphases, including, but not limited to, educating a community about gender and gender equity issues; recruiting and retaining students; providing professional development for students, ...

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