At the end of the First World War, Virginia Gildersleeve, Dean of Barnard College, Caroline Spurgeon, professor of the University of London and Rose Sidgwick of the University of Birmingham decided to create a world organization that united university women, in order to avoid another war, this was the origin of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).
In 2015, IFUW changed its name to Graduate Women International (GWI) in order to attract a larger number of members. GWI fights for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education, and training for the highest levels of leadership. GWI seeks that 100% of girls and women in the world have a higher education than elementary. Currently, GWI has national affiliated associations in 60 countries and individual associates in other 40 and is a consultative body of the UN.
After its re-foundation, the Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU) joined IFUW in 1992, during the XXIV Triennial Conference of the IFUW in Palo Alto, California, although previously it had already been part of this Federation in 1927.
FEMU is proud to belong to this network of women who fight for a world of equality and peace where everyone has access to education and contributes to the integral development of peoples.
Dr. Mirella Feingold, Executive President of FEMU receives Recognition of University Merit
On May 15, 2019, the teacher’s day, Dr. Mirella Feingold received the University Merit Medal from the Dean of our university for her 50 years of service as a teacher at the UNAM. FEMU congratulates our Executive President for her deserved recognition.
Each month we translate into Spanish and inform our associates of the activities carried out by Graduate Women International.
During the month of May, the following activities were carried out at the Women’s Museum of Mexico City: 7 courses and workshops, 6 conferences, 3 editorial presentation of a book, 4 reproduction of genre cinema films, 4 reproduction of youth club cinema films, and 1 Night of Museums.
Our most important event was the editorial presentation of the book “Perspectivas sobre las mujeres en México: Historia, administración pública y participación política”. This book illustrates how women have been made invisible in the areas of administration and political participation, making a historical journey to demonstrate the inequality they have had in all public and private spheres.
In this month we received a total of 1,542 people, of whom 1,055 were women and 487 men.
We produce a weekly radio program entitled: “Mujeres a la Tribuna”, (Women to the Stand), broadcast nationally by the Mexican Institute of Radio (IMER, in Spanish), coordinated by Historian Patricia Galeana, PhD, and presented by Lourdes Enríquez, M.A. FEMU is the first organization of the Civil Society to have a program on Ciudadana 660 (Former Radio Ciudadana 660 AM) of the Mexican Institute of Radio, IMER.