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Alma Mater's Daughters

40 Years of Coeducation: The Legacy of Women at F&M

Based on 26 interviews with significant Franklin & Marshall women, both past and present, Alma Mater's Daughters is an extraordinary film that celebrates the history of women at Franklin & Marshall. By retelling their stories, the women alumni show viewers just how far the Franklin & Marshall community has come as a collective since 1969.

An entirely student-led project, Alma Mater's Daughters was cast, produced, directed and edited by Ashley Lippolis '09, Heather van der Grinten '09, and Katie Stryker '11, with videography by Dirk Eitzen and Andrea Campbell of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film, and faculty advising by Eitzen and Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Writers House. Funded by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Alma Mater's Daughters shows how the inclusion of women undergraduates over the past 40 years has irrevocably, and positively, changed the culture of the College.

Ellen Brown '98, Assistant Director of the Writers House, composed profiles on four themes that surfaced repeatedly in the women's interview transcripts: the liberal arts at Franklin & Marshall, how the women were received on campus, what they took with them, and what they'd like their legacy to pass on. You can read these pieces, Liberally Speaking, First Impressions, Life Lessons and Reflections, by clicking on the titles to your left.

Join us for a launch party celebrating the release of the film on Saturday, October 24 from 2-4 pm—just after the Homecoming Tailgate—in the Atrium of the Barshinger Life Sciences Building.

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  • "I don't think it's great for guys to graduate believing that it's always guys in charge."
    — Alice Drum, first female vice president of the College