Statement on Women's Education

When women do well, the world does well.


Built on a tradition of strong women, St. Kate's develops ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders. We offer a learning environment that is collaborative and recognizes the contributions of women.

Until we create a world with equal opportunity for men and women, there will be a need for St. Kate’s and other women’s colleges - and our work is different because of this mission. We work toward a world where women don’t have to work twice as hard to be considered equal - but until then, we’ll work twice as hard to help shape a more just future for the next generations.

60 years ago, there were 230 colleges for women; there are now 39. But, this discrepancy is not the main message I want to relay. What I want to say is that we are a small group, but we are mighty and we offer an educational experience that proves itself to be relevant and satisfactory to our graduates.

When women do well, the world does well. St. Catherine has educated women to lead and influence since its founding in 1905. We take women’s experiences and knowledge seriously. Seeking a world in which all people* have opportunities for authentic lives, we educate women and men to work together toward a socially responsible world free of sexism, racism, and other forms of injustice. Our learning environments are women-centered in purpose and approach. We include women's scholarship and expertise in course content and question the absence of women’s voices. We empower all students* to contribute to society and challenge barriers to opportunity, both overt and subtle. This enriches the lives not only of women, but of all humanity.

*across age, racial and ethnic identity, economic circumstance, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexuality, and physical ability.


Endowed Mission Chairs

Here are the three faculty members bringing St. Catherine University's mission to life.