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It was because of the dedication of the Dean of Douglass, Margery Somers Foster and the Douglass faculty that the entrance of women to Rutgers was delayed for three years. In the end, the Board of Governors approved coeducation for Rutgers College for the Fall of 1972. The compromise being that Douglass would remain an all female institution, but Rutgers College would admit over two hundred female students.


1. Examine the photos from the 1971 Rutgers Yearbook to help brainstorm future problems or roadblocks for the female members of the incoming class of 1974.


Will they face discrimination? Please explain your predictions thoroughly.


Feel free to refer to any of the arguments or points you read in other documents on the site.

Coeds: Will they change anything?
Rutgers College goes coed
The Scarlet Letter, 1971. Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives.