celebrating a community of strong women — the Evanston Women's History Project

This three-year collaboration focused on highlighting the achievements of Evanston’s women — and the work continues to showcase their contributions.

"Evanston is remarkable in nothing if not for the ability, individuality, and enterprise of its women." — Frances E. Willard

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documenting the contributions of Evanston's significant women

Launched in 2007, the Evanston Women’s History Project (EWHP), was a three-year collaborative effort of Evanston organizations to document and celebrate the significant women’s history in Evanston, as well as the continuing contributions of women to the community. From research, to exhibits, to public programs and celebratory events, EWHP, now housed at the Evanston History Center, is still engaged. The Joan Barr Smith Endowment for Women's History supports this work, and in 2016 the fund was moved to ECF. 

project history

The Project funded through the leadership of several ECF donors and the Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, was initially headquartered at the Frances Willard Historical Association. The Foundation's other partners in this effort included the Evanston History Center, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, Shorefront, and the Evanston/North Shore YWCA. In 2009, the Project moved to its now permanent home at the Evanston History Center.

For more about the Evanston women's history project visit the EWHP website.