We are here because of those who came before.
A long procession of Carthage women.
When Carthage enrolled its first females in 1870, it was a small college in a rural area working hard to survive. Today, Carthage thrives, with continued faith, courage, and imagination.
The 150 Years of Carthage Women initiative pays tribute to the important role of women at Carthage since 1870. We honor them by reaching higher than ever before.
Join us as we seek to improve the Carthage experience for female students of tomorrow and for generations to come. This exciting year-long initiative enables us as a community to not only reflect on and celebrate our past, but to redefine what it means to be a woman at Carthage and build a better future.
For 150 years, Carthage College has been fortunate to attract a diverse population of talented, self-driven women.
But, if we are to sincerely celebrate this historic occasion, we must redouble our commitment to them. Join us all year as we celebrate what it means to be a woman of Carthage — yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Veronica Hunter Moore ’05 was the first African American elected president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. “There is no growth in your comfort zone, so why allow yourself the ability to even dabble in mediocrity?” Read more
Professor Alice Kibbe headed the Biology Department from 1920 to 1956. “Biology taught by Dr. Kibbe at Carthage was like taking oceanography from (Jacques) Cousteau.” Read more
As Carthage celebrates all that women have contributed to the College, we offer opportunities for women to extend their Carthage ties beyond their life spans. Planned gifts through estate commitments, beneficiary designations, annuities, and other vehicles help ensure the strength and quality of our work for generations to come.
Carthage awards more than $60 million in scholarships and financial aid every academic year. Financial aid helps us continue to attract students of unusual merit and enable those whose personal circumstances may prevent them from enrolling at Carthage to do so. Gifts may be made in honor of a woman (women), to benefit women, or both.
In addition to providing financial aid for women through scholarships, the College seeks to raise funds to provide opportunities for female students in the areas of internships, study away, leadership development, and entrepreneurship. Gifts may be made in honor of a woman (women), to benefit women, or both.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, women who participate in sports have increased self-confidence and are more outgoing. These are women who may never have experienced these benefits if not for their experience on the court or field. Gifts in support of women’s athletics on campus help Carthage deliver the very best experience for our women athletes.
“Carthage prepared us for our life’s work and provided the gift of strong relationships that will last a lifetime.”
Gina Madrigrano Friebus ’76 and Maria Markusen ’91, Campaign Co-Chairs