Who We Are

A Letter from the Founders

Gender inequality remains one of society’s greatest hurdles. While there have been massive strides made in the past two centuries, society’s work towards female empowerment remains unfinished, especially on Northeastern’s campus. Whether that's due to unjust sexual assault policy, an omnipresent opportunity gap, or the occasional blatant sexist remark, our work is clearly far from over.


We started Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Women’s Council in the spring of 2020 as a medium to amplify fellow female voices, regardless of their discipline, racial or ethnic identity, political affiliation, etcetera. We strive to create an environment in which all women are able to raise issues, rally support, and facilitate change to work towards gender equality. 


As the country’s first student-led women’s council, the IWC is committed to taking a creative approach towards advocacy and upholding diversity of thought and of culture. We do not take our responsibility lightly and are committed to using our platform to push the boundaries, fight gender inequality, and help the next generation of female leaders gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to advocate for change in their respective communities. 


We could not do what we do without our fantastic team of women, each of whom is using her skills to contribute to our mission in the ways she does best. Our success can be credited to every member of our organization and we thank them all deeply for their continued support. 


The best way to fight inequality is to begin in our own communities and NEU is no exception. As long as there is sexism on our campus, whether it be blatant or subtle, we will be here to be the catalyst for change.



Emerson Johnston and Stephanie Luiz

Founders and Co-Presidents

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Est. January 2020 | Boston, Massachusetts