Puget Sound Women's League

Puget Sound Women's League

In 2018, the Women's League raised over $30,000 for student scholarships. We are proud to support these talented young people! Won't you join us?

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Women's League

Formed in 1900, the University of Puget Sound Women’s League is a community of women who raise funds to provide scholarships that support the educational goals of University of Puget Sound students.

"At the annual Fieldhouse Flea Market, we typically raise over $30,000 for our scholarship fund. Beyond their philanthropic activities on behalf of Puget Sound students, our members are simply a wonderful and interesting group of accomplished alumnae, spouses of alumni, current and retired staff members, friends of the college, and parents of students." Sue Daniels, Women’s League President 2014-2018

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The Women's University League at the University of Puget Sound was formed in 1900 to support the university. Our fund raising efforts throughout the years have provided a variety of aid to the school.

The early history of the League includes providing financial assistance for a building fund overdraft in 1903 and establishing a Home Economics Department.

When Dr. and Mrs. Todd came to Puget Sound in 1913, Mrs. Todd quickly became active in the League. Soon thereafter, a new heating plant was needed for the girls' dormitory on the old campus, and the Women's League gave $450 toward it.

During these early days, the Women's League also supported female graduates, who at that time wore white dresses instead of caps and gowns. The League made these dresses, as some girls could not afford to buy one.

In 1931 the sum of $5,180 raised by the League was given to the trustees to be used as part of a fund to be matched by the Rockefeller Foundation. Around this time, there was a room in Jones Hall, called the YWCA Room, maintained by the League. Old treasury books show numerous disbursements from the League for refurbishing this room, which was used by women students for meetings.

When the first women's residence hall, Anderson Hall, was opened for occupancy on February 1, 1939, it was furnished entirely by the League.

Since that time, the League has pledged to numerous projects on campus. They furnished the lounge of the first men's dormitory, Todd Hall. They pledged $5,000 to furnish the lounge of the new Music Building. Next came $2,500 for a patio and landscaping in front of Anderson Hall. A pledge of $3,300 was made to each of the next two residence halls.

This was accomplished by loyal and devoted women working to sell tickets to concerts, lectures, fashion shows, rummage sales, two editions of a cookbook, and now, since 1968, the annual flea market.

A common goal has bound the women into a loving, warm group to which they welcome any and all who care to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Alumni, parents, staff, and community members share why they joined the Women's League...

Why did you join the Women's League?

"Joining the Women's League is a great way to support UPS (CPS when I graduated). I've enjoyed meeting women who have similar interests and also hearing speakers at the luncheons who make me aware of what is happening on campus. It's fun to be involved in the Flea Market, which reaches out to the community while making money for scholarships. This is a worthwhile organization for anyone with connections to UPS or anyone who wants to help the college students of today!"

~Roberta Larson, Puget Sound Alumna


"I joined to keep more current on UPS and to help with the scholarships the Women's League gives to students.

My mother, Elsie Strobel, was active for many, many years. I like the idea of doing at least a little bit in her footsteps. Thanks to all the ladies who have been so instrumental in keeping the League alive and vital!"

~Carol Colleran, Puget Sound Alumna

Why did you join the Women's League?

"In joining to support fund raising for UPS scholarships I have met the most wonderful women! Returning in March for the Flea Market, year after year, is a tradition I've come to celebrate in my life. I fly back to Tucson with the coolest stuff in my luggage--who doesn't want that?"

~Rebecca Theobald, Parent of Puget Sound graduate


"I joined the Women's League to give back to a school that gave me so much. If it weren't for the scholarships I received as a student, a Puget Sound education would not have been possible for my family. I'm proud to be involved with an organization that works so hard to raise money for student scholarships."

~Amy VanZandt, Puget Sound Alumna

Why did you join the Women's League?

"I joined because I wanted to continue to be part of the University community and support the Flea Market and other projects which contribute to scholarship funds. Another very important aspect of being a member of the Women's League is that you continue to be connected with the University of Puget Sound and have an opportunity for continuing friendships you made while at UPS--and for making new ones."

~Elin Gratton, Retired Puget Sound Staff Member


"Although I've worked at Puget Sound for nearly 20 years, the Women's League provides me with a new perspective and insight into university life. I get to hear stories from retirees and alumni about their time on campus, to learn about interesting aspects of the university from campus experts, and to meet (in a non-administrative role) some of the amazing students who currently attend Puget Sound."

~Kris Hay, Puget Sound Staff Member

Why did you join the Women's League?

"I was looking for ways to contribute to women's educational opportunities. My neighbor, Ursula Bannister, invited me to help with the book sales at the annual UPS Flea Market. I enjoyed it very much and was thrilled to learn that the Flea Market did so well. Then, in the fall, it was wonderful to meet and hear the stories of the UPS students who had won our scholarships.

Each year that I participate, I have had the opportunity to get to know more of the women who are part of the Women's League. This has been a very rewarding experience. Also, the programs that are planned for the monthly luncheons are excellent. They feature student performances and presentations by faculty, staff and administrative leaders. These presentations remind us of the quality of the UPS educational experience and of the difference our own participation makes."

~Deborah Parks, Community Member