Women's Center

As one of Penn’s six cultural resource centers, the Penn Women’s Center’s mission is to promote gender justice, and to empower, support, and advance personal and professional development for all of Penn’s students, faculty, and staff.  

The Penn Women’s Center (PWC) is one of the nation’s oldest women’s centers with over 50 years of notable history. The Center offers the perfect space for women, female-identified persons, and feminists of all genders to study, relax, host meetings, and workshops or team up for civic engagement projects. 

Two women outside pose for a picture with a square, pink picture frame that reads" Women Speak" at the top and then "Reality is Beautiful" at the bottom.

Members of Penn's Women SPEAK organization—a young women's empowerment initiative that empowers women to cultivate positive body image, deconstruct gendered media stereotypes, establish healthy relationships, and be leaders of change in their communities. 

Throughout the year, the Center welcomes women writers, activists, artists, and political and professional leaders who advocate for and bring awareness to topics such as reproductive justice, workplace equity, men and masculinities, and an end to sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment. In addition, the Center offers a variety of services like advocacy, advising, refuge, counseling, company, tea, and confidential options counseling.  

The Penn Women’s Center also partners with student groups to host conferences, training, and workshops. Major sponsored events include the Penn Monologues, the OWN IT summit, Penn Women’s Week, and Take Back the Night.