“Keep the Damned Women Out” The Struggle for Coeducation

“Keep the Damned Women Out” The Struggle for Coeducation

Nancy Malkiel, Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton, will give a talk to celebrate the publication of her new book “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation

In the late 1960s and early 1970s several Ivy League universities in the USA and colleges in Cambridge and Oxford made the decision to embrace coeducation. Why did very traditional, very conservative, very elite institutions decide to embark on such a fundamental change? Why did so many colleges act at this time? How was coeducation accomplished in the face of strong opposition? What was the role of institutional leadership? And, with the admission of students of the opposite sex to formerly single-sex colleges, what happened? In other words, how well did coeducation work in its early incarnations? Professor Malkiel’s talk will focus on these questions, with particular attention to the similarities and differences between coeducation at Cambridge and Oxford (including Brasenose, Hertford, Jesus, St. Catherine’s, and Wadham colleges) and coeducation in the Ivy League.

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