The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women's Research, Resources, and Scholarship at St. Catherine University works to build a community of faculty and student scholars and activists working on issues of race, class, gender, and other differences; gather and share resources relating to these issues; and highlight the leadership and work of women at the University and in various communities for women's justice and equality.
Coeur de Catherine | Room 230
Throughout its history, the Center has been a catalyst and supporter of many projects and programs that address women's issues, from the building of a strong Women's Studies program to a student-directed campaign to address the concerns of student parents. The Center's commitment to open, honest dialogue about tough issues and a belief in the necessity of work for justice form the backbone of the work we do, including:
The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women actively supports the mission of St. Catherine University by affirming the dignity of women and fostering their intellectual and leadership potential.
As a program, the Center coordinates the Women's Studies (WOST) major and minor, seeks to integrate scholarship on women across the college curriculum, and provides events and activities focusing on women.
As a catalyst for change, the Center sponsors research and action projects addressing diverse women's concerns.
As a place, the Center houses unpublished research, books, periodicals, conference reports, and other information relating to women; provides an environment for women to share ideas; and creates and encourages networks of and for women.
The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women's Research, Resources, and Scholarship was founded in 1985 and first directed by Catherine Lupori, a member of the English Department and coordinator of the, then new, minor in Women's Studies.
In 1986, the Center was dedicated to Abigail Quigley McCarthy (1915–2001), alumna, activist, and author. McCarthy spent her life improving the status of women in education, public policy, and the church. She was involved in the civil rights and ecumenical movements, and was deeply involved in her husband Eugene McCarthy's run for President in 1968. She was a columnist for Commonweal and also wrote successful novels and a highly praised memoir, Private Faces, Public Places.
The Center for Women works in collaboration with interdisciplinary programs by sharing resources, coordinating and co-sponsoring events, and encouraging curriculum development.
Declared majors and minors in Women's Studies, Women and International Development, or Women and the Arts may submit scholarly papers of at least five and not more than thirty pages, to be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of Women’s Studies faculty members. The paper should focus on women or issues relevant to women, particularly around race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other differences.
Recipients receive a cash award and a certificate of recognition.
Are you especially proud of a research paper or creative work you completed within the past three years?
Does that work focus on women, gender, or issues relevant to diverse women's status or concerns? If yes, than submit your work today!
Awards of $800 and certificates are available to St. Kate’s:
The following scholarships are available to students through the Center for Women.
This scholarship award was established to provide financial support for someone who gives to others. Judith Gorman Krieger ‘63 realized that in this busy life, people facing daily human struggles often need the gifts of time and compassion. The Krieger Scholarship recipient should be a giver, someone willing to share time with a family member, friend, or people in the community. The scholarship is to be a gift to allow that student more opportunity to share time with and show compassion to others.
A $15,000.00 tuition-based scholarship will be awarded to a recipient during the 2018-2019 academic year. A student may receive this award only once; scholarship money will be applied toward the recipient’s senior year at St. Catherine University. Application is open to students from any field of study seeking a baccalaureate degree in the St. Catherine University College for Women.
Eligible Krieger Scholarship applicants must meet all the following criteria:
This scholarship provides at least two awards annually to re-entry transfer student parents who demonstrate academic promise, perseverance, and a sense of vision. Awards typically range from $500 to $3,000.
The scholarship was established by the estate of Mary Jane Young, a psychiatric social worker, who believed in empowering women through education and was committed to providing opportunities for re-entry women to pursue their educational goals.
Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women offers annual scholarships, up to $1,200.00, for St. Catherine undergraduate (associate and baccalaureate) students to participate in the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) policy seminars. These Washington, D.C.- based seminars will give students an opportunity to learn in depth about the political process and public policy issues, particularly as they relate to women.
Women in Public Policy Seminar-- January 7-11, 2019
Hear from women working on a variety of policy issues and gain advocacy skills lobbying on the Hill.
Women in STEM Policy Seminar-- January 14-18, 2019
Discuss key issues with women leaders working in the increasingly significant STEM policy field.
Applications are due in the Center for Women by 4 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Apply for the $16,500 Phillips Scholars educational award!
The Phillips Family Foundation recognizes and rewards private college students, from a variety of disciplines, who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Students from Minnesota's 16 private colleges and universities are invited to apply to this unique program by submitting a proposed service project to benefit Minnesota communities. Student applicants identify community concerns, explore ways to create social change, and develop ambitious programs that would meet various needs of communities.
At St. Catherine University’s College for Women, the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women facilitates the process to select a finalist who’ll compete for one of five $16,500 Phillips Scholarships.
Apply if you (eligible applicants must meet all the following criteria):
Service project theme: Students applying for the Phillips Scholars Program will focus their projects under a theme chosen by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation. Within each theme, there will always be a race & equity emphasis or focus. For 2018–2020, the theme students will be working within is: “Addressing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota”. Students will still have the opportunity to use their creativity to design a service/community leadership project that fits within the parameters of this theme.
Interested applicants should submit the following pre-application materials:
Contact the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women to find out more about this scholarship program. We can help you with your questions and assist you in planning your community service project. Contact the Sia Vang in the Center for Women at 651-690-6783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the academic year, the Center for Women hosts the Women's Studies (WOST) and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity (CRST) monthly bag lunch discussions series. The series brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members to discuss current research and creative endeavors.
Bring your lunch and your friends! Light refreshments will be served.
Friday, October 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (program begins at 12:10)
Center for Women, CdC 230
Braiding Indigenous Feminist Characters in Fiction
Join us to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day as the local metro novelists Marcie Rendon (White Earth Ojibwe), Carter Meland (White Earth Ojibwe descendant), and St. Kate's own Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) read from their work and discuss the importance of crafting stories that reflect the many ways there are of being Native in the world today. The protagonists in the novels of all three authors are Ojibwe ikwe (Ojibwe women) who are striving to figure out who they are as Indigenous people, sometimes with the guidance of their Native communities and sometimes on their own. The panelists will discuss these matters as well as the importance of teaching Indigenous writers, artists, filmmakers, activists, historians, etc. at all educational levels. Authors will have their books to sell and sign.
Carter Meland, White Earth Ojibwe descendant, is on the faculty of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he specializes in teaching American Indian literature and film courses. His novel Stories for a Lost Child was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in the Novel and Short Story category.
Marcie Rendon, citizen of the White Earth Nation. Her debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) won the Pinckley Women Crime Writer’s Award 2018 and the Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2018 contemporary novel category. The second novel in the series will be published by Cinco Puntos Press April 2019. One of four nonfiction children’s books is Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press). With four published plays she is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater productions. She received the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez.
Dawn Quigley, citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, ND, is an assistant professor in the Education Department at St. Catherine University. Her website (http://nativereadermn.blogspot.com/) offers support for educators in finding, evaluating and implementing Native American curriculum content from an Indigenous perspective. In addition to her coming-of-age Young Adult novel, Apple in the Middle (NDSU Press), Dawn has over 28 published articles and poems. She was awarded the St. Catherine University Denny Prize Award for Distinction in Writing and has been a finalist in both the Minnesota Loft Literary Center's MN Emerging Writer Award and its Mentor Series.
The Center houses resources on a wide range of issues relating to women, politics, race, class, gender, sexuality, and other differences. Books are available to check out in The Center's Library. Center members also are available to assist with resources and project ideas.
The Center's library collection is comprised of published and unpublished resources & books on a wide range of issues relating to women, politics, race, class, gender, sexuality and other differences. Many of these books have been donated by the St. Catherine community of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. They are available for anyone to check out throughout the year.
To assist with online research, we have organized the following web resources. These sites were chosen to give a broad sense of the topic area and the variety of resources available.
The St. Catherine University library has also created a guide to women's studies research, including information on women and gender history, women's health, and violence against women.