From 1821 until 1966, the institution that became Widener University had, with only a few exceptions, an all male student body. Imagine the barriers faced by the first women who enrolled. This exhibit, through images, articles, and publications, highlights the achievements of these female trailblazers who have transformed the institution. Viewed by some as invaders, they excelled academically, winning the school’s highest academic honors. Joining many student organizations, they often took leadership roles. They also created their own social organizations, starting the first sorority in 1970. In addition, as they quickly agitated for and won more equity in sports, female varsity teams were added.
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