Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women

Building knowledge, linking ideas to action, and bringing people together.


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.

contact us

Coeur de Catherine | Room 230
651.690.6783
aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu


About the Center

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:

  • bringing together student scholars, activists and faculty to work on issues of race, class, gender, and other differences
  • gathering and sharing academic and financial resources
  • highlighting the leadership and work of women at the University and in communities for women's justice and equality

Mission
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As a place, the Center houses unpublished research, books, periodicals, conference reports, and other information relating to women; provides an environment for women to share ideas; and creates and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.

History
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.

Academic Programs
The Center for Women works in collaboration with interdisciplinary programs by sharing resources, coordinating and co-sponsoring events, and encouraging curriculum development.


Awards

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.

The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

For more information, contact the Center for Women at 651-690-6783 or e-mail us at aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu.

Women’s Studies Scholarly Work Award Application

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:

  • undergraduate students;
  • graduate students;
  • faculty/staff members;
  • alumnae/i; and
  • collaborative teams (with on or off-campus partners).

Download the award guidelines and submission form. Submissions are due by 4 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019

For more information, contact the Center for Women at 651-690-6783 or e-mail us at aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu.

Research and Creative Work Award Guidelines and Submission Form


Scholarships

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:

  • Be willing to share time with a family member, a friend, or people in a community as defined by the applicant;
  • Have completed at least two semesters at St. Catherine University before applying for the award;
  • Have senior class status during the 2018-2019 academic year (92 or more credits) and be in good academic standing with St. Catherine University;
  • Be enrolled at St. Catherine University in the College for Women baccalaureate degree program, as at least a part-time student (6 credits per semester) during all or part of the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • Have no previous baccalaureate degree; and
  • Expect to graduate in May or December 2019.

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:

  • Demonstrate academic promise, perseverance, and a sense of vision.
  • Application is open to re-entry transfer students currently enrolled in or accepted for admission to St. Catherine University baccalaureate programs in the College for Women.
  • An applicant must be 23 years of age, either a single woman with custody of children or a married woman who delayed her education to raise a family.
  • She must not have a previous baccalaureate degree, and must have completed at least 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above.
  • She must be enrolled in a St. Catherine College for Women baccalaureate program as at least a half-time student (6 credits per semester) during the award year.

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.

The Center for Women is offering another seminar scholarship opportunity for St. Kate's students to attend the May 2019 Washington, DC-based policy seminar on Women in Global Policy. The seminar runs May 20-24.

Scholarship applications are due in the Center for Women by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

2019 Women in Global Policy Seminar Application

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 15 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.

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 aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu.


Bag Lunch Discussions

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, February 22
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (program begins at 12:10)
Center for Women, CdC 230

We Are All Criminals Exhibition at St. Kate's
Join us for a discussion of the We Are All Criminals (WAAC), a visual challenge to society's perception of what it means to be a criminal, now on display in the St. Catherine University Library. The discussion will explore the power of criminalizing narratives, the significance of race, class, and gender in shaping criminal history/criminal records, and the role of art in educating toward empathy. And there will be a radical book raffle! This discussion is connected to the larger campus-wide series of events, which can be online at www.stkate.edu/waac.

Presenters:
Nancy A. Heitzeg, Endowed Chair in the Sciences, Professor of Sociology and CRST
Elizabeth Tegler, Research and Instruction Librarian


Research and Advocacy

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.

AQM Library
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.

Web Resources
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.