The First Women of F&M
Honoring the Class of 1973 and All the First Women of F&M
"The women - we affect each other. It is so important to know this. You can learn and you don’t always have to agree. Uniformity is not what it is all about. In your difference, you can still come together.”
- Mizan Kirby-Nunes '73
The story of the women of this College, most particularly those first women at F&M is at the core of Gamechangers.
The women who walked onto the campus in 1969, who were the first women to spend four years on a male-dominated campus, graduating in 1973, and all those women in those early years were the torchbearers for what came after. They created history. They set women, and men, on a trajectory. They changed everything!
These women set the College on a path of inclusivity, these trailblazers changed academics, athletics, and student programming, they moved the College forward into the future. All women of F&M stand on the shoulders of the First Women at F&M.
Explore programs celebrating 50 years of coeducation, view the stories of some of the women of F&M and share your story for the 50 years of coeducation time capsule.
Editor's note: The Coeducation Project was fully conceived and executed by Rosemary C. McDonough '76, P'11, P'18, in recognition of the historical significance of the coeducation of Franklin &...Read More
“There was a stigma put on us almost immediately, and it was an interesting time until we broke the ice.” - Ellen Azrael
Reflections & Memories
TRUE BLUE Weekend
October 25 - 27, 2019
Franklin & Marshall College admitted the first class of female students in the fall of 1969. Marking the 50th anniversary of co-education, the Museum is highlighting two alumnae artists from each decade since that historic day.