The Legacy Continues… Women’s Centenary Time Capsule Ceremony

Director Dr. Cari Carpenter and Dean Gregory Dunaway

On Wednesday, November 2nd at Woodburn circle the University celebrated the reburial of the Women’s Time Capsule. The school, and specifically the Women & Gender Studies Department celebrated the accomplishments and achievements made by women at WVU.

The ceremony was quite beautiful as it was a warm and sunny day. Our Interim Director Dr. Cari Carpenter and our Event Coordinator Angela Carver both hosted and spoke at the ceremony. They were also joined by the Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Gregory Dunaway. Victoria Woodhull herself even came and gave a rousing speech about her thoughts on women in today’s society along with a Q&A session. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President in 1872 as well as a pioneer for women’s rights.

Time Capsule Burial

After the Time Capsule was lowered into the ground in front of Woodburn, everyone had the opportunity to put a ceremonious shovel of dirt over the capsule. Cookies and apple cider was available after, as well as decorative pins and Dr. Carpenter’s book Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics (Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers). 


The Time Capsule will be reopened it 25 years, and in the time it will be interesting to see how much farther we will have come as women in society. 


Written by: Samantha Thomas