Honoring Women Who Bring Hope to the World

three photos of individual women
Miriungi, Banis, Davis

March 08, 2022
Marketing & Communications

On this International Women’s Day, we continue to be inspired by the many, many women who graduated from Gonzaga and have dedicated themselves to creating a better world for others. Here are just a few examples: 

  • Connie Davis, from the class of 1967, went on to become a physician, serving around the world with the World Health Organization to battle the smallpox epidemic. See the 2015 Gonzaga Magazine feature.
  • 1990 Gonzaga School of Law alumna Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina and first woman from Nevada elected to the U.S. Senate. Read on. 
  • Kellie Jewett-Fernandez (’11) went on to direct business and development at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in Albuquerque after receiving her M.B.A. in American Indian Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga. She's among others highlighted here.
  • Heather Banis (’19) devotes her heart and soul to the care of individuals who are victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Los Angeles. Hers is a special kind of work. 
  • Angela Jones (’16 J.D.) has put to work her faith and her law degree to provide thoughtful leadership in public and private sectors. We still love this 2019 story. 
  • Rosemary Muriungi (’20, Ph.D.) is fulfilling a dream of creating a postsecondary school in her home community of Musalala, Kenya. Be inspired.
  • ’15 grad Erin Bergmann worked for the World Food Program with the United Nations and supported communities in Honduras. Thoughts from that experience here.

Many of these women were, no doubt, inspired by some incredible female faculty members at Gonzaga, whose scholarship spans from the humanities, education and business, to the sciences, law and health. 

Happy International Women’s Day, and thank you for embodying goodness in so many ways.