About SUWC

Celebrating 123 Years    2019 – 2020

SUWC offers a activities and events that reflect the varied interests of its diverse membership. The club is open to any women who are a part of the Stanford community, including active and emerita faculty, senior administrators, fellows, scholars, spouses, partners and widows, thereof.

In addition to more than a dozen special interest groups, the Women’s Club hosts organization-wide events such as the Autumn Brunch at the Hoover House.

We hope you will find at least one interest group you would like to join. We also invite all members to consider starting new sections, if you don’t see one that tickles your fancy.

The Stanford University Women’s Club was founded in 1896 by Jessie Knight Jordan, wife of then Stanford President, David Starr Jordan. Mrs. Jordan’s goal was to create a club that would promote friendships, welcome newcomers to the university, and enable women to share mutual interests. At its first meeting in 1896, 60 women met at the home of Mrs. Jordan. The program was entitled “Nonsense Afternoon,” with songs, poetry and stories. Dues of 25 cents were collected.