In recognition of 50 years of coeducation at Yale College and 150 years of coeducation at Yale University, the Women's Leadership Initiative at Yale has published a book of stories from alumni and current students from Yale College and various professional schools. The book focuses on the experiences of womxn at Yale, as well as how the acceptance of womxn has shaped Yale culture and affected the Yale experience.
CONTENT WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS MENTIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.
The book features the stories of the first classes of women admitted in 1969, students who remember the protests during the Vietnam War and historic campus events such as the construction of the Women’s Table and the Women’s Crew Title IX protest. It also commemorates their personal struggles, with relationships, mental health, barriers due to gender, and imposter syndrome, among other challenges. It celebrates the joyful moments too—encouraging professors, getaways with fellow students and friends, and incredible memories that have come to define the Yale experiences.
Most importantly, the book commemorates trailblazers—people of all identities and backgrounds, speaking about their Yale experience from different time periods. We hope this book will inspire more people to recognize and appreciate the contribution of womxn and understand how life at Yale has changed for womxn over the past 50 years.