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Women's History Month at Linfield

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Women's History Month

Every March in honor of Women's History Month, Linfield celebrates the vital role women have played in American history. We celebrate the character, courage and commitment among us.


Kick Off Event

Monday, March 4 | Fred Meyer Lounge | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Start off Women’s History Month with us. Stop by for a treat from a local woman-owned business, Glorie Cookies. We’ll have details about our Women’s History scavenger hunt bingo taking place all month as well as details about the rest of the month’s events.

Paint & Sip w/Allison Hmura

Friday, March 8 | Fred Meyer Lounge | 2-3:30 p.m.

Join us for a collaborative paint and sip (sparkling cider) project led by Allison Hmura. No painting experience is needed.

Women’s History Month Trivia

Wednesday, March 13 | Fred Meyer Lounge | 3:30-5 p.m.

Gather your team of no more than 6, to compete in a Women’s History Trivia quiz, hosted by Kelly Williams Brown.

Women’s History Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, March 19 | Fred Meyer Lounge | noon-1 p.m.

Close out our Women’s History Month events with a short documentary viewing and a catered lunch! We’ll be watching Lorena: Light-Foot Woman [28 mins] with a free lunch from Chipotle. Please sign up here if you think you’d like to attend and want lunch provided. You can still attend without signing up, but it helps us know how much food to order!

Featured Women of Linfield's History

image of Frances Eleanor Ross Linfield.

Frances Eleanor Ross Linfield

Mrs. Linfield became a trustee of then-McMinnville College in 1916, and in 1921 became Dean of Women. Mrs. Linfield’s 1922 donation placed the school on firm financial footing for the first time in its history, and McMinnville College was subsequently renamed for her. She retired from Linfield College in 1928, but served on the board until her death in 1940.

portrait of Jane McIlroy.

Jane McIlroy

Jane McIlroy arrived at Linfield in 1950 after having spent three years in the Women’s Army Corps organizing the military’s first women’s sports teams. She built Linfield women’s intercollegiate athletics from scratch, coaching teams to conference championships in basketball, field hockey, tennis, volleyball and track and field. Outside of Linfield, she partnered with other institutions to form the Women’s Conference of Independent Colleges and twice served as conference president.

portrait of Vivian Bull.

Vivian Bull

Vivian Bull was Linfield’s first female president, serving from 1992-2005. She received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College and PhD from New York University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and completed further study in Norway, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Bull’s legacy at Linfield is one of increased support for technology, international studies, inclusivity and diversity, focused creativity and research and as a visionary who led one of Linfield’s most rapid periods of growth.

photo of Emily Loveridge.

Emily Loveridge

Emily Loveridge founded the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon in June 1890, making it the first school of nursing in the Northwest. In her 40 years as superintendent, she oversaw the growth of the school and prepared hundreds of students for the nursing industry. In 1985, Good Samaritan School joined Linfield as the Linfield College-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

Fifteen library books on display.

Women's History Month

Resources in the library

In celebration of Women's History Month, Nicholson Library has a guide of must-reads! Check out some of their recommendations and pick one up.

Check out the books


If you have questions about Linfield's events in honor of Women's History Month, please reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Abby Thomas '17
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Riley Hall