Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month, a special time to commemorate the outstanding achievements and vital role of women in American history. Exemplary women have been instrumental in the life of Gardner-Webb University since its very beginnings as a high school more than 110 years ago.
In the early years, the school’s establishment was aided by women like Etta Curtis, who served as dean of women and would later give her life savings to help rebuild a key campus building destroyed by fire. The University’s Outstanding Female Graduate Medal continues to honor her legacy of philanthropy, discipline, and impactful teaching of morals and academics.
Like Curtis, women such as Fay Webb Gardner played crucial roles in the institution’s advancement through challenges and in the achievement of success. Gardner, along with husband and former North Carolina governor O. Max Gardner, offered immeasurable support to the school in the years following the Great Depression. As a result, the school emerged stronger than ever and was renamed Gardner-Webb in their honor.
And Gardner-Webb’s women continue to make a strong impact today, both in the campus community and around the world. In addition to the many exceptional faculty and staff members who serve our students, our alumnae are connecting with opportunities to improve the lives of others while finding success in their own careers.
Whether serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, as a business owner and public servant, or as an educator, women who graduate from Gardner-Webb represent the University’s proud history and ongoing tradition of serving both God and humanity.