Excellence in Education: Celebrating the Artistic, Academic, Athletic, and Administrative Achievements of the Women of Tulane University

This exhibit was created in conjunction with the Nola4Women linked exhibition initiative, Builders and Rebuilders, which over the past two years has featured 45 exhibits across the city highlighting the prominent role women play in making New Orleans such a special place. Here at Tulane, the theme of our digital exhibition was easy to choose, since we have been in the business of providing excellence in education for 183 years. On these webpages, you will find vignettes of women who came to Tulane University and Newcomb College from near and far, as students, faculty and staff, or just as friends who wished to make a difference in the fabric of New Orleans, and who left us all the richer for their presence. These outstanding women have made contributions to many different fields of study and have reach varied levels of personal and professional achievements. In the future, we will profile additional women. In order to make the ladies more easily searchable, we have grouped them into four categories: Arts, Academics, Athletics, and Administration. Of course, many of our fabulous women cross over between categories, e.g. Rosa Hart, the nation’s first female cheerleader – you’ll find her in the Athletics category, which in no way diminishes her later career in local theatre.


The exhibition was created by Ann E. Smith Case, University Archivist at Tulane University; additional research, writing and digitization was provided by Allison Frank, Jillian Kaufman, and Lori Schexnayder. The exhibit was originally designed in Omeka by Bernadette Birzer, and migrated to WordPress by Elisabeth Price.

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