The Madelyn Gutwirth Endowment in Women's Studies was established to honor one of the founding members of the Women's Studies Program at West Chester University.

Madelyn Gutwirth initiated our first women's studies course in 1971. Coordinating the program until 1978, she remained the intellect and heart behind its developing curricula until her retirement in 1991. We now have a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, and the Women's and Gender Studies Department includes faculty and courses from 12 different departments. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Gutwirth's unflagging efforts not only as an instigator, but as a feminist scholar. Dr. Gutwirth's major works Madame de Stael: novelist: The Emergence of the Artist as Woman (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1978), and The Twilight of the Goddess: Women and Representation in the French Revolution Era (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992), rise to the highest standards of research, analysis, and interpretation. The Society for Eighteenth century studies recently devoted a plenary session to the impact of her work on feminist studies.

Women's and Gender Studies established the Madelyn Gutwirth Endowment to acknowledge Madelyn's role in the department and to continue her contributions by making it possible permanently to underwrite scholarships for students, provide additional programming, enable the presence of guest scholars, and support faculty research. Your support to the endowment allows the department to continue this important work.

Contribute Online

Through the WCU Foundation website you are able to make your donation online. Please be sure to designate that your contribution goes to:

  • The College of Arts and Humanities
    Women's and Gender Studies
    Madelyn Gutwirth Fund

If your employer will match your donation, please ask them to contribute!

Contribute Through the Mail

Make a contribution to the endowment by check, payable to:

  • The West Chester University Foundation
    The Madelyn Gutwirth Women's and Gender Studies
    Program Endowment

Mail checks to:

  • The West Chester University Foundation
    P.O. Box 541
    West Chester, PA 19381

Please add "Gutwirth Fund" on the memo line of your check.