About the Network of enlightened Women (NeW)

In September of 2004, a group of students at the University of Virginia founded a book club for conservative college women and called it the Network of enlightened Women (NeW).  That is where this movement began.

Within a year, women on other campuses heard about NeW and wanted to start their own chapters.  Thus, NeW started to expand nationally.

NeW was started as a book club where its members could read about ideas and people often forgotten on college campuses.  In addition to the book club, many NeW chapters engage in activities such as hosting speakers, holding debates, participating in philanthropic events and having social events.

2013 National Conference

2013 National Conference

The mission of NeW is to foster the education and leadership skills of culturally conservative women.  NeW is also devoted to expanding the intellectual diversity on college campuses.  NeW members meet regularly to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing women today, as well as current political issues.  Joining NeW is a great way to build friendships with women who share your principles!

In the years since 2004, NeW chapters have started on over 20 campuses nationwide from Virginia to Florida to Arizona.  NeW has held eight national conferences in Washington, D.C., launched a website and blog and been featured in TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the AP, Politico and many others.  NeW Founder, Karin Agness, has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and CSPAN.

NeW is looking to expand to more campuses. Additional chapters continue to be founded as more women learn about NeW.  If you are interested in starting a chapter at your campus or would like more information about NeW, please contact NeW.

Download a copy of the NeW brochure below

NeW Brochure

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