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Women’s rights champion Anna Shaw

Suffragist Reverend Doctor Anna Howard Shaw was the second woman to graduate from the School of Theology.

Anna Shaw inspired the formation of the Anna Howard Shaw Center at STH.

In 1878, Reverend Doctor Anna Howard Shaw, a Methodist minister, medical doctor, and suffragist became the second woman to graduate from Boston University School of Theology. The first woman awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for her work as chair of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Defense during World War I, Shaw was an advocate for the League of Nations covenant just prior to her death in 1919.
In 2000, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of women’s rights.
The Anna Howard Shaw Center at BU’s School of Theology promotes structures and practices that empower women and honor diversity. Ten years after its founding in 1978, the Shaw Center was designated as the women’s center for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.