On March 8, we celebrate the cultural, scientific, economic, and political strides women have made. It is important to recognize the work of women not only in their remarkable contributions to society, but also in breaking barriers for future generations of women to be able to do the same. In the slideshow above, we see just a few UC Berkeley alumnae that have made an incredible mark in the world through their hard work. From Nobel Prize recipients to Forbes‘ 30 under 30 list, these women have have been recognized in a variety of fields, but all share the same alma mater. We encourage you to list additional UC Berkeley alumnae that have inspired you in the comments below.
Recognizing Inspiring UC Berkeley Alumnae on International Women’s Day
March 8, 2019
Midori Kono Thiel at her Augmented Reality exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. / Courtesy of Tamiko Thiel
Midori Kono Thiel: A Life of ArtBy Josephine Thorton
The Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB) honored Midori Kono Thiel ’55, MFA ’59, with its 2022 Outstanding Alumnae Award. The recipients of this award have distinguished themselves through their academic careers, contributions to their community, and career accomplishments.
Chizu Omori (center) protesting at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. // Courtesy of Chizu Omori
Paying It Forward: The JAWA Legacy
Obstacles faced by Nisei Japanese students in the 1920s—and students' ability to overcome them—laid the foundation for today's Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.
Prytanean alumnae with Spring 2021 Prytanean initiates. / Courtesy of Tina Cheung
The First Women’s Honor Organization Pays It ForwardBy Jackie Krentzman
Meet the Prytanean Alumnae Chapter, a group of alumni uplifting women of different backgrounds and career fields through awards, events, service projects, and community bonding.