Lafayette celebrated 50 years of coeducation with a variety of virtual events and initiatives throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
So much has changed over the last 50 years. Today, 51% of students now attending Lafayette are women, nearly half of the faculty are women, the College has added 11 Division I women’s sports, there has been a dramatic increase in women majoring in STEM fields, and so much more. Here’s a look back on how the community celebrated this historic milestone.
More than 100 members of the first classes of women assembled virtually Sept. 10 to celebrate the anniversary of the first day of classes in fall 1970. Members of the “First Women” (female graduates 1972-81) shared reflections and virtual toasts to commemorate the occasion, including Darlyne Bailey ’74, Ann Shellenberger Bell ’76, Ellen Kravet Burke ’76, Cindy Oaks Linville ’80 P’13, Susan Oaks Little ’78, Marion Shapiro Saffer ’77, and more.
The first woman tenured faculty member, founder of the women’s studies program, first woman elected to student government . . . there are many Lafayette alumni, faculty, and staff who took risks, challenged the status quo, and advanced Lafayette over the last 50 years. Read more about them here.
We connected with six female trailblazers who have made great contributions to the College and/or their respective fields to make the College and the world better. Each are trendsetters in their own right through their efforts to advance change and tackle challenges, resulting in a brighter future for women today. Read their stories here.
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