125 Years of Auburn Women 1892-2017

This is the Year of Auburn Women

Women have come a long way since 1892 and we’re celebrating all of it: the pioneers who broke boundaries and opened doors for others; the brilliant stars who transcended negativity and propriety to shine around the world; the doers and dreamers who knew that this practical world runs on work, hard work. Join us for a year of celebration and appreciation for all that our alumnae have done and continue to do through Auburn University.

The first three

These women were the first to attend Auburn, enrolling in 1892.

A vintage photo of Willie Little

Willie Little

Willie Gertrude Little (1873-1949) was the daughter of Auburn’s mayor and one of the first women to attend Auburn University in 1892. She graduated two years later with a bachelor’s degree and honors. Little has a hall in the Upper Quad named in her honor.

A vintage photo of Katherine Brown

Katherine Broun

Katherine C. Broun (1873-1952) was the daughter of Auburn University President William L. Broun, who held the position from 1882-1902. In order to be admitted as an inaugural female student, Broun took tests in English, Latin, history, and mathematics. She was most notably Auburn’s first graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1894.

A vintage photo of Margaret Teague

Margaret Teague

Margaret Kate Teague (1873-1960) moved from Arkansas to Auburn after her mother’s death. Along with Little and Broun, Teague was admitted to the university and graduated with honors. Teague Hall in the Upper Quad is named in her honor.

More Great Auburn Women

  • Jennifer Giddens '16, left, and Kayla Funk, left middle, at an OHOH event.
    Jennifer Giddens '16 & Kayla Funk, Fighting to Cure Pediatric Cancer
  • Patricia Lynn Smith '74
    Patricia Lynn Smith '74
  • Kristy Turner Harner '99
    Kristy Turner Harner '99
  • Bethie Younger '98
    Bethie Younger Purpich '98
  • Lillian Parker '14
    Lillian Parker '14
  • Melanie Moore Younger '74
    Melanie Moore Younger '75
  • Emily Klein '08
    Emily Klein '08
  • Whitney Whidden '09
    Whitney Whidden '09
  • a photo of Erin Hutchins by the Auburn sign
    Erin Hutchins '09
  • Tiffany Davis '98
    Tiffany Davis '98
  • Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
    Sefako Kpomblekou-Tidwell '07
  • Janayah Hudson '96
    Janayah Hudson '96
  • Angela Jenkins '94
    Angela Jenkins '94
  • Janice Jones '04
    Janice Jones '04
  • Sharonne Jacobs '94
    Sharonne Jacobs '94
  • Olivia Hayes '18
    Olivia Hayes '18
  • Ginger Whatley '88
    Ginger Whatley '88
  • Ever Wright '03
    Ever Wright '03
  • Laura Raye Hendrix '14
    Laura Raye Hendrix '14
  • Rebecca Ball '89
    Rebecca Ball '89
  • Mary Higginbotham Aldridge '73
    Martha Higginbotham Aldridge '73
  • Kelli McClendon '92
    Kelli McClendon '92
  • Mary Carroll Shoemaker '92
    Mary Carroll Shoemaker '92
  • Marsha Cashwell '80
    Marsha Cashwell '80
  • Debbie Nowlin '83
    Debbie Burnett Nowlin '83
  • Michelle Cooper '90
    Michelle Cooper '90
  • Natalie Walker '16
    Natalie Walker '16
  • Karley Laycock '16
    Karley Laycock '16
  • Kelley Somlai '90
    Kelley Somlai '90
  • Emily Johnson '18
    Emily Johnson '18
  • Elizabeth Boyle '17
    Elizabeth Boyle '17
  • Cindy Shelton-Tennimon '79
    Cindy Shelton-Tennimon '79
  • Wendy Dean '16
    Wendy Dean '16
  • Brittany Brannon '19
    Brittany Brannon '19
  • Chris Manley '81
    Chris Manley '81
  • Debbie Donaho '94
    Debbie Donaho '94
  • Katherine Pittman '12
    Katherine Pittman '12
  • Lisbeth Pierce '89
    Lisbeth Pierce '89
  • Jody Elmore '82
    Jody Elmore '82
  • Amy Crew '13
    Amy Crew '13
  • Linda Horton '72
    Linda Horton '72
  • Eva Mavrakos '17
    Eva Mavrakos '17
  • Donna Layton '11
    Donna Layton '11
  • Casie Keaton '02
    Casie Keaton '02
  • Melissa Skipper Liebrecht '04
    Melissa Skipper Liebrecht '04
  • Andrea Eagle '97
    Andrea Eagle '97
  • Courtney Edwards '14 in China.
    Courtney Edwards '14, spreading kindness around the globe
  • Rebecca MurraY '14
    Rebecca Murray '14
  • Leah Blair '03
    Leah Blair '03
  • Rebecca Johnston '16
    Rebecca Johnston '16
  • sara peters
    Sara Peters '98 and '03
  • Katy Smith and Aubie
    Katy Smith '14
  • Jennifer Howard-Oldenburg '95
  • Jada Kidd Robinson '94
    Jada Kidd Robinson '94
  • Kimberly Mitchell '01
    Kimberly Mitchell '01
  • Abbie Clarke '07
    Abbie Clarke '07
  • Kristie Pierce '00
    Kristie Pierce '00
  • Mary Heather Williams '06
    Mary Heather Williams '06
  • Sheila Slavich '92
    Sheila Slavich '92
  • Laycie Lambert '88
    Laycie Lambert '98
  • Cassie Carpenter '17
    Cassie Carpenter '17
  • Shannon Smith '12
    Shannon Smith '12
  • Madison Hinton '14
    Madison Hinton '14
  • Ashley Freeman '10
    Ashley Freeman '10
  • Sharon Hamilton '04.
    Sharon Hamilton '04
  • Sarah white speaking at an event in Chicago
    Sarah White '11: Grace out of Grief
  • Kim Pugh '88.
    Kim Pugh '88
  • Leslie Gibson Leak '04
    Leslie Gibson Leak '04
  • Benton Sprayberry Cybulsky, former Auburn cheerleader.
    Benton Sprayberry Cybulsky '11
  • Jessica McKibben '17
    Jessica McKibben '17
  • Dianna Tingle Goulf '14
    Dianna Tingle Gould '14
  • Rosalyn Elaine Hill Beech '83
    Rosalyn Elaine Hill Beech '83
  • Lauren Kimbro '09
    Lauren Kimbro '09
  • Sherry Martin '79
    Sherry Martin '79
  • Stephanie Stevenson Pike '96
    Stephanie Stephenson Pike '96
  • Emilee Fenaes '14
    Emilee Fenaes '14
  • Abbie Harrison '16
    Abbie Harrison '16
  • Michelle Fullerton '03
    Michelle Fullerton '03
  • Katelyn Jernigan '10
    Katelyn Jernigan '10
  • Helen Henley '75
    Helen Henley '75
  • Jennifer Boyles '15
    Jennifer Boyles '15
  • Natalie Stevenson '12
    Natalie Stevenson '12
  • Rachel Tolliver '17
    Rachel Tolliver '17
  • Caitlyn Roberts '12
    Caitlyn Roberts '12
  • Carra Summers '85
    Carra Summers '85
  • Missy Hanks '89
    Missy Hanks '89
  • Laura Short '06
    Laura Short '06
  • Donna Goodwin '84
    Donna Goodwin '84
  • Brittany Woodruff '19
    Brittany Woodruff '19
  • Kelsey Gallahar '16
    Kelsey Gallahar '16
  • Courtney Walker '19
    Courtney Walker '19
  • Laura Alldredge '89
    Laura Alldredge '89
  • Ashley Hungerford '07
    Ashley Hungerford '07
  • Marlayna Armstrong '11
    Marlayna Armstrong '11
  • Rebecca Caine '10, finding courage in writing
  • Morgan Ledbetter '14
    Morgan Ledbetter '14
  • Cody Lasseter '14
    Cody Lasseter '14
  • Molly Buckley '14
    Molly Buckley '14
  • Sue Painter '71
    Sue Painter '71
  • Ann O'Mara '83
    Ann O'Mara '83
  • Yearbook photo of Willie Little
    Willie Little and Five Generations at Auburn
  • Helen Krauss Leslie circa 1943
    Helen Krauss Leslie '43
  • Kappa Delta sorority sisters pose for a picture in 1922.
    Women at Auburn 1900-1940
  • Nelda Lee '69, the only woman in Aeronautical Engineering
    Nelda Lee '69
  • 125 Years of Auburn Women 1892-2017
    Deborah Fraley '78
  • Patricia Smith 1974
    Patricia Smith '74
  • Patricia McArthur Booker '78 with basketball coach Sonny Smith
    Patricia McArthur Booker '78
  • Tori Allen crouched on the ground with her dog
    Tori Allen: More Than Charity Work
  • Octavia Spencer: First Auburn Grad to Host SNL
  • A Brief History on Auburn Women's Basketball program
    A Brief History of Women's Basketball
  • Michelle Wherley, marketer and artist, poses for a picture.
    Michelle Wherley, artist and marketing extraordinaire
  • Auburn men and women of the late 1890s posing for a picture.
    Women at Auburn: 1892-1900
  • Moments after escaping an attack by white supremacists on a Greyhound Bus, Anniston 1961
    Defying the Klan: Janie Forsyth McKinney and the Civil Rights Movement on her Doorstep
  • Erica Augello and family
    Erica Augello: Empowering mom and lawyer
  • Carmen Britton holds the hands of two young girls while she walks
    Carmen Britton: Advocate for Women Around the World
  • Nicole Morrison, Events Coordinator, at the Lowry Park Zoo
    Nicole Morrison: Wrangling Events at the Zoo
  • Meredith MacLean Photo, Supply Chain Manager
    Meredith MacLean, Supply Chain Manager Exploring the World
  • Maya Pressley High Jump - Action Shot
    Jumping Higher: Maya Pressley, Olympic hopeful

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Artifacts Wanted

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In marking the university’s celebration of 125 Years of Auburn Women, members of the Auburn family who have unique artifacts related to the history of women at the university are invited to donate these items to the archives.

Located on the ground floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the Special Collections and Archives Department collects, preserves, makes available and publicizes institutional records, personal manuscripts, photographs, rare books and selected artifacts in support of the research, teaching, and outreach missions of Auburn University.

Such items may include letter sweaters, diplomas, beanie caps, basketball jerseys, rare scrapbooks, photographs (identified), or any number of unique Auburn-related artifacts.

Special Collections will evaluate each donation to ensure that all items comply with the department’s collecting policies–see here for more information on this policy.  Donors will be asked to sign a gift agreement formally transferring ownership to Auburn University.

Items donated to Special Collections and Archives may be used in public exhibits and digital collections.

Those interested in participating in this project are encouraged to email the department at archives@auburn.edu or call 334-844-1732.

Great Resources

Be sure to check out all of these great resources that are helping to celebrate the 125th Anniversary.

  • Auburn Women - 125 years
  • Glom photo of two women Auburn students
  • Girls' art class, 1942

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