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.
St. Paul Campus
Cdc | Room 230
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
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As a place, the Center houses unpublished research, books, periodicals, conference reports, and other information relating to women; provides an environment for women to share ideas; and creates and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.
These awards are available to students through the Center for Women. Award-winners are recognized at the Center for Women's annual awards celebration.
Declared majors and minors in Women's Studies may submit scholarly papers to be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of Women's Studies faculty members. Scholarly papers must be at least five pages and not more than thirty pages. 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.
Students, faculty, staff and community members of both campuses are invited to nominate individual students or a group of students to receive the Center for Women Student Leadership Award.
Criteria for the award are based on the St. Catherine Leadership Statement:
The Center for Women at St. Catherine University presents the annual Awards for Research and Creative Work.
Five separate awards of $800 and a certificate are available to:
An awards committee of St. Catherine faculty members judges submissions in each of the categories separately. In their deliberations, the judges may use consultants.
Guidelines for Submission
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 sibling, an older family member, 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 $10,000.00 tuition-based scholarship will be awarded to a recipient during the academic year. A student may receive this award only once; scholarship money will be applied toward her senior year at St. Catherine University. Application is open to students from any field of study seeking a baccalaureate degree at St. Catherine University.
Eligible applicants must meet 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 Center for Women offers annual scholarships, up to $1,200.00, for St. Kate's undergraduate students to attend the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) policy seminars in Washington, D.C. These seminars are designed to give a behind-the-scenes look at the political process in Washington, particularly as it relates to women.
We are offering seminar scholarships for St. Kate's students to attend the May 2017 Washington, DC-based policy seminar on Women in Global Policy. The seminar runs May 15–19. Scholarship applications are due in the Center for Women by 4 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017.
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 are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders.
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 six $16,500 Phillips Scholarships.
Apply if you (eligible applicants must meet all the following criteria):
Interested applicants should submit the following pre-application materials:
Contact the Center for Women to start the application process. More information and resources are available through the scholarship's main website.
All pre-application materials are due in the Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine room 230, by 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
Please note: The St. Kate's finalist will need to be available throughout the month of January 2017 to complete the official Phillips Scholarship application.
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.
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.