To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the admission of women into a freshman class, the Princetoniana Committee, in cooperation with former University VP Robert K. Durkee '69, Diane Hasling '79, and the Office of Alumni Affairs, created an exhibit in the Frist Campus Center. That exhibit is detailed in the following exhibit, and is dedicated to the women of the great class of 2019.
Jean Hendry *80
Princeton, facing a loss of competitiveness in recruiting against other Ivies, begins serious consideration of admitting undergraduate women starting in 1963. The Critical Languages program paved the way, enabling a few women transfer students to earn degrees. By 1967, the Trustees had approved women entering the class of 1973 as freshman in 1969. Go here for a detailed timeline of Princeton's decisions regarding coeducation.
Reflections: "A brick thrown through my window - now and then you could still hear 'girls go home!'"
Firsts: Commencement features both a woman valedictorian (Cynthia Chase ’75) and salutatorian (Lisa Siegman ’75).
Reflections: "At Princeton, I learned how to crash and burn. I bombed my first orchestra audition, I bombed a lab report, I got dumped, I burnt my burnt my sleeve off in a Chem lab gone wrong. I called home and said, “I have never worked so hard for a B.” But, I had so much fun."
Firsts: Tiger Inn, the last of the all-male eating clubs, admits women.