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On Breaking the Gender Barrier at Yale—50 Years Later

Reprinted from MS. by kind permission of the publisher. 10/1/2019 by SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN I entered Yale College in September 1969, one of the first group of women who transformed Yale from the all-male institution it had been for the previous 268 years. When I returned to New Haven in September, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of […]

“First Women” of Yale Celebrated in Stone

Vera Wells writes: I had the honor of unveiling the commemorative Threshold Stone at the entrance of Phelps Gateway on Old Campus, in celebration of being one of the “First Women” at Yale College in September 1969. Also pictured:  (center) Eve Hart Rice’73, Chair of 50th Anniversary of Women at Yale College Committee and Co-Chair […]


40th Reunion Writeup by Andy Kaufman

We have a sneak peek at Andy Kaufman’s writeup on our 40th reunion for the YAM Class Notes: Great weather, great turnout (some 240 classmates, with overall attendance of approximately 375), and unbridled energy and enthusiasm characterized our 40th Reunion in Branford College.  From the opening cocktails and dinner on Thursday evening through the Sunday […]


YaleWomen Initiative

Nancy Stratford ’77 sent some details about a new organization for Yale alumnae: YaleWomen is a new initiative for all Yale alumnae. This alumnae organization is inclusive of all women graduates of the college and graduate and professional schools. YaleWomen began in response to the very successful March 2010 conference on campus which was a […]


Celebrating Yale Women Conference, Mar. 26-28

Hope to see many classmates at the AYA’s Celebrating Yale Women conference at Yale, March 26-28. Speakers include our own Margaret Warner, PBS NewsHour on-air anchor, and Karen Lawrence, president of Sarah Lawrence College: Celebrating Yale Women: 40 years in Yale College, 140 years at Yale University promises to be an amazing alumni event.  Scheduled […]


The Way We Were, June 1971

Chrissy Citron sent in a clipping from the Yale Daily News Commencement Issue, June 1971. Click below to read Mally Cox’s story “First Women Graduate,” with quotes from Chrissy, Kathy Bennett (not Cathy, as the article has it), and Jane Hunter (posted with permission of Yale Daily News). 1971 Article with Quotes from Chrissy Citron […]


Two Yale Students Seek Our Reminiscences

By way of the AYA, we’ve received an invitation from two current Yale students to contribute to a commemorative publication honoring the 40th anniversary of coeducation: We are Isabel and Emily, two students in Yale College [Emily is Branford ’10]. We major in English and Art, and English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, respectively. […]


Coeducation Celebration (Including Link to Photos!)

On Friday, October 9, almost 160 alums and guests met for lunch in the Grand Ballroom at the Yale Club in New York to celebrate the 40th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College. The event was conceived of and organized (beautifully) by Vera Wells and Susan Yecies. Rick Cech and Max Addison took terrific photos, […]


Links to Archives on Coeducation

In connection with the Oct. 9 celebration of the 40th anniversary of coeducation at the Yale Club in New York, Vera Wells and Susan Yecies sent in these links to Yale Alumni Magazine and Yale Daily News archival materials on coeducation: YAM’s link on coeducation recent issue and access to what they electronically archived from […]


Save the Date! Coeducation Celebration Oct. 9

SAVE THE DATE!    The Yale Class of 1971 Invites Classmates and Their Guests to a Celebration of 40 Years of Coeducation at Yale    Please join us for an insightful and fun event featuring the people who made it happen: ELGA WASSERMAN, Special Assistant to the President on Coeducation HENRY (SAM) CHAUNCEY, JR, Secretary of the […]