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Women's Resource Center

At the Women’s Resource Center, we believe in – and strive for -- women’s education, empowerment, and strength. We aim to foster a vibrant and supportive campus community for woman-identified and gender marginalized students so that they can bring their full and authentic selves to every part of their lives. We fully believe that it is best to champion women from an inclusive and intersectional place that acknowledges and supports all of their identities. Through leadership development opportunities, dynamic programs, and engaging events, we seek to build community and promote gender equity and inclusion at Cornell and beyond.

To stay apprised of upcoming events, please check us out on Campus Groups.

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Funding & Sponsorship

Co-Sponsored Programs

Is your organization planning an event that is consistent with the mission of the Gender Justice Advocacy Center (GJAC) formerly known as the Women's Resource Center Executive Board? Are you looking for funding through the GJAC co-sponsorship fund? GJAC would love to hear from you! Our application for funding can be found through your organization's Campus Groups page under Money>Accounting Book>FY22 GJAC. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

**All funding decisions are subject to the GJAC budget for co-sponsorship allocations and are made at the discretion of GJAC.**

Search Our Collection

The Women's Resource Center houses a comprehensive selection of books on such areas as: women’s history, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, political studies, biography and autobiography, anthropology, as well as fiction.

We are delighted to have over 1,200 books in our collection, available to anyone in the Cornell community to borrow—for coursework or personal edification! Books can be checked out when the Center is open; please see a student staffer or the Director for assistance.

Browse our collection of literature.

Our History

The story of the Women's Resource Center (WRC) is one filled with a dedication to education, awareness, activism, and change. At the center of it all has been a group of students, women and men, who have recognized the need for a space devoted to serving the needs of women students at Cornell. Although little has been chronicled over the years, it has been possible through a few remaining scrapbooks, slides, and other resources, to loosely trace the history of the WRC over the past twenty-five or so years.

The Women's Resource Center was started in the early 1970s as a student organization. At a time when political awareness was at the center of the Women's Movement, the WRC was active in sponsoring discussions and events on issues such as abortion, equal pay, racism, and women's health. A lending library, as well as, comprehensive directories of campus and community services was established.

In the mid 1990s the WRC surfaced once again, with a newly decorated office and a large staff of dedicated student volunteers. These volunteers worked many hours each week staffing the office so that visitors could access the services provided. These services included a lending library, lectures and events, community service opportunities and a chance to work on the WRC's literary magazine, Forword.

The WRC made great strides in moving into 21st century in the fall of 1998 when the first full-time director was hired, made possible by the support and funding of the Undergraduate Student Assembly. This two- year funding cycle allowed the WRC to further develop its services and programs, while working towards solidifying its position within the University.