Women Apart

February 28, 2023


Read time:

15-30 mins
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Presented by The Heritage Project

How did the first women at Michigan shape the history and role of women at the university? The story begins with a 1924 survey from the U-M Alumnae Association and tracks the experience of female students across the decades. Where women students had once fended for themselves and mixed freely with men in the 1880s, they increasingly lived in a segregated, regulated, and tightly supervised sphere, a pattern that would prevail until the 1960s and ’70s.

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