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Widespread participation by women in higher education is something that many people in my generation take for granted. While women now outnumber men on the DePauw campus by about a 55 to 45 ratio, that is a remarkably recent phenomenon. Nearly 150 years ago four fearless women came to Greencastle to pave the way for thousands of women who followed by the 1990s. We do not know, without some research, what our predecessors have had to go through in order for us to be here at DePauw today. Not only have the numbers of women on campus exploded over the past century and one-half, but these DePauw women have become more adventurous with majors and professions, marriage is less of a priority, and more women are attempting additional degrees.


Clifton J. Phillips Archives Research Award Winner