Women at Williams: The College's Road to Coeducation

Photo of woman holding balloonIn June 1969, the trustees voted unanimously to admit women to Williams as regular undergraduate students. This was the culmination of years of the College’s students, faculty and alumni debating the issue of coeducation. Few, for instance, know that, nearly a hundred years previous, a Williams committee investigated the expediency of admitting women. (The measure failed in the committee by a 3-2 vote.) “Women at Williams: the College’s Road to Coeducation,” an exhibit curated by Archivist Sylvia Brown, seeks to uncover the history of the College’s sometimes mixed response to educating women, and sets this against strides made nationally in women’s and other social issues. While we can’t welcome you to view the exhibit in person, you can check out the timeline developed for this exhibit online. Contact Special Collections with your questions and comments about the history of coeducation at Williams.