The Brownlee Lectureship in Women's Studies began in Fall 2005 and the Brownlee Lectureship in Sexuality Studies began in Spring 2007.
R. Jean Brownlee served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for Women from 1960 to 1974. She was the first woman to be appointed Dean of that College and the third woman to be named an academic dean. Rebecca Jean Brownlee earned 3 Penn degrees (BS. Education, 1934, M.A. Political Science, 1936; Ph.D. Political Science, 1940), devoted more than 40 years of her career to Penn, and in 1986 received the University's Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her extraordinary acchievements.