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40 Years of Coeducation

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In 1969, 182 years after the founding of the College, Franklin & Marshall accepted its first class of women. That fall, approximately 125 women, including 82 matriculating "freshwomen," joined the 1,850 enrolled male students.

In the past forty years, women have made an impressive impact in all areas of the life of the College, receiving recognition for their outstanding academic, athletic, artistic, social, and cultural work.

The Franklin & Marshall Magazine article, Four Decades and Counting, traces the College's 40 years of coeducation through interviews with five Williamson Medalists.

Throughout the 2009-10 academic year, F&M will commemorate the impact that women have made on the life of Franklin & Marshall College.

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Commemorative T-shirts

Celebrate the milestone anniversary with this attractive, high-quality commemorative t-shirt.

The women's tailored v-neck style and the traditional men's crew are both available in sizes S-XL for $15 in the College Bookstore or through the Alice Drum Women's Center ().

Alma Mater's Daughters now available on DVD

You can purchase this student-produced film, which celebrates 40 years of coeducation at Franklin & Marshall, in the campus bookstore or online.

College Raises Curtain on Harris Center

The centerpiece event of the year's 40th Anniversary festivities was the dedication of the Patricia E. Harris Center for Government, Business and Public Policy on Oct. 10. Read more and view the slide show >

  • International Women's Week Events
  • Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
    Migrations: Resistance and Endurance

    Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
    Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair

    Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
    A Self Worth Defending: Diane Rosenfeld

    March 4 at 11:30 a.m.
    Scenes from "A Piece of My Heart," directed by Carol Davis, associate professor of theater

    March 4 - 6 at 8 p.m.
    A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro

    March 11 at 11:30 a.m.
    Ending War & Rebuilding Nations: Women, Peace and Security, by Leymah Gbowee

    March 27 at 2 p.m.
    Gloria Steinem: Are Women Changing Academia, or is Academia Changing Women?

    March 27 at 8 p.m.
    CANCELED -- Artists in Residence Gwynne Geyer, voice, and Doris Hall-Gulati, clarinet

Spring Events

Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
Migrations: Resistance and Endurance

Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair

Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
A Self Worth Defending: Diane Rosenfeld

March 4 at 11:30 a.m.
Scenes from "A Piece of My Heart," directed by Carol Davis, associate professor of theater

March 4 - 6 at 8 p.m.
A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro

March 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Ending War & Rebuilding Nations: Women, Peace and Security, by Leymah Gbowee

March 27 at 2 p.m.
Gloria Steinem: Are Women Changing Academia, or is Academia Changing Women?

March 27 at 8 p.m.
CANCELED -- Artists in Residence Gwynne Geyer, voice, and Doris Hall-Gulati, clarinet