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.