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Dickinson celebrates 125th Anniversary
of Women's admission to college

125 years of women at dickinson logo It’s been 125 years since Elizabeth Bender and sisters Zatae and Hilegarde Longsdorff became the first female students to enroll at Dickinson College. The Women's Center will commemorate this landmark with special events throughout the academic year.

“This year is our opportunity to celebrate achievements, raise silenced voices and develop the future of Dickinson women,” said Susannah Bartlow, director of the Women’s Center. “We hope to conclude the year with a greater sense of history and community.”

The celebrations will kick off with an exhibit, Women at Dickinson College: 1884-2009. Held in the Waidner-Spahr Library, the exhibit will showcase artifacts, pictures and documents that reflect the lives of women at Dickinson College from 1884 to the present. Subsequent lectures, receptions, discussion panels, ceremonies and other slated events will explore related topics, including ecofeminism, feminism in literature and women in the workforce. Most of these events are open to the public.

Interested parties can also view historic documents, photos and interview transcripts of Dickinson alumnae on the Women’s Experiences at Dickinson blog. This resource chronicles details about the academic, extracurricular and personal lives of 19th, 20th and 21st-century alumnae.

Text by MaryAlice Bitts