You can no more build up homes without men than you can build up the state without women. We are needed everywhere where human problems are to be solved.

Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw, 1847–1919


Founded in 1985, the Center is named for Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919). Dr. Shaw was an ardent feminist, educator, Methodist minister, physician, orator and suffragist. The daughter of Michigan pioneers, Dr. Shaw attended Albion College from 1873–1875 before becoming one of the first women to be ordained in the Methodist Church. Dr. Shaw served as president of the National Women’s Suffrage Association for 12 years during the early 20th century.

Part of the Office of Campus Life, the Anna Howard Shaw Center for Gender Equity is a gathering place for students that experience marginalization due to their gender – simply “a place of our own,” where we can join together to share ideas, access resources, and work together to promote growth. The Anna Howard Shaw Center for Gender Equity aims to support and empower those with marginalized gender identities. The Center’s programs and resources are available to students, faculty, and staff of Albion College as well as to the people of Albion and the surrounding communities.


The Anna Howard Shaw Center for Gender Equity’s mission is to provide pathways for the campus community to learn about gender and sexuality, as well as promote and advocate for justice and equity for all genders and sexualities through education, programming, and engagement.


The Anna Howard Shaw Center for Gender Equity aims to contribute to a  world where oppression based on gender and sexuality is eradicated and justice is given to those that have been marginalized due to their gender and/or sexuality.


  • To provide collaborative social, cultural, developmental, and political programming to raise awareness for women’s and LGBTQIA2S+ rights and equality.
  • To coordinate educational programming on sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • To connect students with resources pertaining to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual health.
  • To connect students with resources which support women’s health and well-being.
  • To collaborate with academic programs, campus organizations, and student organizations providing support for women’s and LGBTQIA2S+ issues and needs.