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Wom*n of the USU
Wom*n’s involvement in the USU has gone from strength to strength since it began as a men’s debating society in 1874.
We’re proud to have elected our fifth consecutive wom*n identifying president, and over half of our student board directors are wom*n.
The Wom*n’s Room, Level 1 Manning Building, provides a safe and comfortable space for wom*n to relax, eat and study - it also offers an area for breastfeeding, meetings and wom*n's events, as well as a library. We aim to follow recommendations from the Wom*n’s Department of the National Union of Students to ensure wom*n’s safety and comfort on campus.
The USU also takes part in and supports initiatives and events throughout the year including International Women's Day and Reclaim the Night.
We Are Women - 100 years, 100 stories
, a social history with contributions from our alumnae, students and staff past and present, was launched in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Sydney University Wom*n’s Union (SUWU). The ‘Visions’ booklet was also launched which discussed how we can better include wom*n from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as queer-identifying or questioning wom*n.
Please note: The alternative spelling of women as wom*n is used to symbolise wom*n striving to live without the oppression of patriarchy, and represents their strength independent of society’s perception of the essential male. It aims to assert wom*n being wom*n in their own right and on their own terms.