Honoring the Class of 1973
and all the first women of F&M

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 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.  

Story 10/11/2019

A Time of Ferment and Foment

Sue Washburn ’73 says F&M's first class of women wasn’t shy about demanding fair and equal treatment and access.

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Overview: Celebrating Our Agents of Change

In 2019-20, the F&M community will come together to highlight individuals and events that have been responsible for paradigm shifts. Join us!

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Alma Mater's Daughters

Alma Mater's Daughters

This one-minute video clip is from a documentary celebrating Franklin & Marshall's 40th year as a coeducational institution (by film and dance students Ashley Lippolis and Heather van der Grinten, Class of 2009).  

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In Pictures: Coeducation at F&M

Browse a collection of images from the College's archives documenting coeducation at F&M. 

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TRUE BLUE Weekend, October 25 - 27  
FINAL 50 Years of Coed
Phillips Museum of Art Celebrates 50 years of Coeducation 

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.   

Story 6/21/2019

50 Years: A Celebration of F&M’s Alumnae Artists

Rothman Gallery, September 3 – December 6, 2019 

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Story 6/21/2019

Stitched Stories: Women’s Narratives in Regional Textiles

Gibson Gallery, September 3 – December 6, 2019  

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Alumnae Stories

Mary Haverstick ’82: From Geology To Filmmaking
Alumni Spotlight: Liz Watson (1998)
Alumni Documentary: Becky Fawcett ’92
Alumni Spotlight: Mary Kate Salko '01
Alumni Documentary: Nilaja Sun Gordon '96
Alumni Documentary: Mary Schapiro '77
Alumni Documentary: Mary Cabriele ’84
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Waybright (2006)

Feminists

Story 8/26/2019

This is What A Feminist Looks Like

If you want to trace the rise of modern American feminism, you might well start with Alice Drum.  

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Maria Mitchell
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