Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Seven Sisters

If you are from the northeast you have probably have heard about the Seven Sisters, for those of you who haven’t heard of them; they are seven colleges in the northeast. According to Wikipedia they are…
The Seven Sisters is a loose association of seven liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States that are historically women's colleges. Five of the seven institutions continue to offer all-female undergraduate programs: Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College. Vassar College has been co-educational since 1969. Radcliffe College and its all-male coordinate school Harvard College (both of which were part of Harvard University) effectively merged in 1977, although Radcliffe did not take its current form as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study until 1999. Barnard College was Columbia University's women's liberal arts undergraduate college until its all-male coordinate school Columbia College went co-ed in 1983; to this day, Barnard continues to be an all-women's undergraduate college affiliated with Columbia.

All seven schools were founded between 1837 and 1889. Four are in Massachusetts, two are in New York, and one is in Pennsylvania.
Well one of them now has trans women for the first time (They have a lot of trans men enrolled in the colleges),
Elite US women's colleges accepting transgender students for first time
Wellesley College in Massachusetts accepting first trans undergraduates in 147-year history this week, joining likes of Bryn Mawr and Barnard in allowing students born male to attend
The Independent
By Collin Binkley
September 5, 2017

Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She's an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college would have rejected her because she was assigned at birth as a boy.

Now the rules have changed. This week, Love will become one of the first transgender women to attend Wellesley in the school's 147-year history.
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Her arrival on campus reflects a quiet but momentous shift that's taking place at a wave of women's colleges that have begun allowing trans women. But even as many schools embrace shifting views on gender, some have been reluctant to change amid lingering differences over the role of women's colleges.

Since 2014, at least eight women's colleges have moved to allow trans women, starting with Mills College in Oakland, California. Joining Wellesley in 2015 were Smith, Bryn Mawr and Barnard colleges, the last of the so-called Seven Sisters women's colleges to make the change. Advocates say others have likely done so without advertising it.
A few years ago a trans woman applied to Smith in Northampton and she was turned away but Smith latter changed their policies about trans women. So one by one the colleges are starting to accept trans women.

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