Join us Sept. 14 at the U-M Golf Course for the 2024 Alumni Territory Homecoming Tailgate!

On the Gateway: Women’s History Month

The Alumni Education Gateway shares insights from the U-M community on research pertaining to women’s history, health, and pressing social issues.
Read time: 2 minutes

To honor Women’s History Month, the Alumni Education Gateway is giving access to educational content and information from U-M experts, including a podcast highlighting women who work in STEM fields and a livestreamed event featuring women who work in local government.


This special collection of “The Michigan Minds” podcast highlights women working in STEM fields at U-M. From studies of mathematical models on treating cancer, to natural language processing, to firearm injury prevention, the breadth and depth of important research conducted by these women is astounding.


In 1924, the Alumni Association’s Alumnae Council sent a questionnaire to U-M’s first female graduates. The U-M Heritage Project presents a sampling of some of the 3,000 candid responses that make for fascinating reading, both for the sharp contrasts to the campus of today and for the uncanny parallels.


Studies have found that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women in numerous ways throughout academic medicine. Michigan Medicine’s Reshma Jagsi and Alangoya Tezel recently studied the representation of physicians during the COVID-19 news cycle and found that women are underrepresented as authors of academic research papers that have been published during the pandemic.


Women make up about 50% of the state of Michigan’s population; however, they make up only 16% of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers. The Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project is working on lessening this leadership gap by getting more women seated in the municipal top spot. Listen to this panel of women leading communities in Michigan as they discuss local government challenges and share their thoughts on the municipal management profession.


Ross School of Business professor Cindy Schipani discusses gender inequalities in the workplace, offering a solution to this difficult issue by proposing that women executives should mentor men. Schipani says switching the typical dynamic could “benefit the mentor, the mentee, and society as a whole.”


Researcher David Lam discusses his study about the “breadwinner norm,” highlighting previous research regarding women withdrawing their effort from the labor force when they are about to succeed their male counterparts financially. In his research, Lam emphasizes the anomaly near the 50% mark when couples’ income are nearly identical, finding that women may not be sabotaging themselves after all.  Lam is an economics professor and the director of U-M’s Institute for Social Research.

Become a Member Today!

Your membership dollars allow us to tell stories that celebrate U-M alums’ achievements and their impact in the world. Support this work and get access to all Michigan Alum articles by joining today.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using this site, you accept our use of cookies.