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Week of March 25, 2013

Old school: U-M in History

The First Women


Women are pictured at commencement in 1912. — Courtesy Bentley Historical Library

U-M professors were divided on the move to coeducation. Some said women lacked the physical stamina and intellectual rigor for college; others — including several with ambitious daughters — were sure that women could compete.
 With March being Women’s History Month, a look back at the university’s early female students reveals what life was like for a generation of pioneers. A 1924 survey of those first students makes fascinating reading now, both for the sharp contrasts to the campus of today, and for the uncanny parallels. heritage.umich.edu/story/the-first-women


Through spring, The Record’s “Old School” feature will highlight the stories and images that are being presented on the new U-M Heritage Project website. That site, heritage.umich.edu, celebrates the university’s history and triumphs, in preparation for the U-M bicentennial in 2017.

 

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