History of Women at Yale

Timeline of Women at Yale

View a historical timeline from 1773 to present.

Her Stories: A Goal for the Anniversary

One of the chief goals of the anniversary year is to research more thoroughly the history of women at Yale and to compile and catalog existing materials about women at Yale. Many projects are on the drawing board or already underway:

  • Compilation of materials about co-educating Yale College and creation of an online Library Subject Guide for those materials
  • Compilation of materials about the entry of women into each of the graduate and professional schools—and any other facet of women’s history there —and creation of a second online Library Subject Guide
  • A special seminar on “Yale and Coeducation” taught in 2018-19 by Professor Laura Wexler
  • Professor Jay Gitlin has been offering a course on Yale annually and in anticipation of the commemorative year, will be encouraging his students to consider term papers that would address issues relating to women. 
  • A project to collect archival materials from the early years of coeducation – letters, diaries, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs, and more – for the collections in Sterling Memorial Library. 
  • Oral histories of the women who matriculated in Yale College in 1969.
  • Written histories by these same women are also being collected in a companion project
  • An update of the popular “Women at Yale: A Tour”

We’re Making History

As our history projects take shape, we will be posting material here, including an updated timeline of women at Yale, library subject guides to facilitate research, the stories of women at Yale across all the schools, and resources for further study. We hope you will come back often to learn and explore.

Here are some stories we want to share:

Library Subject Guide on Coeducation

Since summer 2018, researchers in the Manuscripts and Archives division of Sterling Memorial Library have been hard at work gathering and systematizing material from the university archives related to coeducation into a library subject guide. This guide organizes and annotates a large volume of material - including many primary source documents, oral histories, films about the era of coeducation, and much more – into one easily accessible resource that will serve as an invaluable tool for researchers and interested individuals going forward. We invite you to browse the guide and explore the collection of available material.