Margaret Cheney Room Information

MIT's Women's Community Center (3-308)

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The Margaret Cheney Room was founded in 1884 in recognition of the importance of providing a space dedicated to women’s needs, especially in the context of the STEM fields. In light of its founding mission, the Cheney Room exists to promote community and empower all students at MIT who experience gender-based systems of oppression as it relates to being a women or being coded as a woman. This includes (but is not limited to) self-identified women, transgender women, non-binary women as well as gender diverse individuals who relate to the purpose of the Margaret Cheney Room.

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Women have been an important part of the Institute since Ellen Swallow Richards, the first MIT woman student, graduated in 1873. Women-identified students now make up over 45 percent of the student body, and there are a number of student organizations led by and dedicated to women-identified students.

To learn more about the history of women at MIT, visit these sites:

Access to the Margaret Cheney Room - Currently Closed for Renovations

Please use the Margaret Cheney Room tap access form, found in the sidebar, to fill out your information.  To help with the volume of applicants that get manually added to the door tap system, all applicants will be added in batches every Tuesday and every Friday of the week by end of the workday.  If a school holiday falls on those days the applicants will get added the next business day.  

WXGS Programming

Events and Programs

Women and Gender Services staff work to plan events and programming that will support community and learning for the MIT community and to support students at MIT who experience gender-based systems of oppression. Programming includes free lunches, speakers from MIT offices that support students, and sessions with alums and industry leaders. If you have an idea for Cheney Room programming, please email

Get Involved

Reserve the Cheney Room for an event for your student group.

If you would like to contribute ideas to make the Cheney Room a more supportive space for the MIT community, please email