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Yale Needs Women

How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant

by Anne Gardiner Perkins

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Yale Needs Women by Anne Gardiner Perkins
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    Sep 2019, 400 pages
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    Sep 8, 2020, 400 pages

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The fascinating stories of Yale University's first class of female students after the school went coed in 1969.

Anne Gardiner Perkins' Yale Needs Women was a big hit with our First Impressions readers, receiving at least 4-stars from all reviewers for an average 4.6-star rating; and reminding many of their own years at college.

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Yale admitted women to the undergraduate class in the fall 1969 for the first time, largely because the school had lost a significant number of highly qualified male applicants who preferred to go to co-educational colleges. Having taken this step, the university took virtually no further action to integrate women into its culture. Outnumbered seven to one, women were isolated, without administrative or self-support systems, regarded as classroom curiosities or sexual prey. Anne Gardiner Perkins' history of the incipient women's movement at Yale traces how, over the course of four years, Yale women—undergrad and grad students, the very few ...

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