Timeline

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

1850-51

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose husband Calvin (Bowdoin ’24) is a professor of theology at the College, writes Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Appleton Hall and in her home on Federal Street— and shares the unpublished manuscript with Bowdoin students

1871

Bowdoin President Joshua Chamberlain

Bowdoin President Joshua Chamberlain

1876

1901

  • Bowdoin grants 1st honorary degree to a woman, Maine novelist and short story writer Sarah Orne Jewett. The College would grant honorary degrees to twenty-two additional women before coeducation would be established
1922- The Society of Bowdoin Women Established

1922- The Society of Bowdoin Women Established

1922

1943

  • Marion C. Holmes, wife of Bowdoin math professor Cecil T. Holmes, hired as instructor of mathematics
  • Ruth Y. Yeaton and Marguerite D. Little hired to teach meteorology in specialized military training program offered at Bowdoin during World War II

1969

1971 - Susan Jacobson is the first woman to graduate from Bowdoin

1971 – Susan Jacobson is the first woman to graduate from Bowdoin

1971

1972 - Bowdoin Women's Association founded

1972 – Bowdoin Women’s Association founded

1972

1973

Matilda Riley

Matilda Riley

1975

1977

  • First women’s studies course offered, through German department
Women's Resource Center at Bowdoin

Women’s Resource Center at Bowdoin

1980

1983

1985

Joan Benoit '79 was a senior at the College when, wearing a Bowdoin singlet and a Red Sox cap, she crossed the finish line, winning the 1979 Boston Marathon in what was then a women's course-record of 2:35:15.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 was a senior at the College when, wearing a Bowdoin singlet and a Red Sox cap, she crossed the finish line, winning the 1979 Boston Marathon in what was then a women’s course-record of 2:35:15.

  • Joan Benoit Samuelson (Bowdoin ’79) recipient of first and only Bowdoin Prize awarded to a woman since the prize’s inception in 1933

1988

  • Minor in Women’s Studies established

1992

  • Major in Women’s Studies established

1994

  • The Bowdoin Alumni Council votes unanimously to adopt Anthony Antolini’s (Bowdoin ’63) revisions to the alma mater. The song’s new, gender neutral title, “Raise Songs to Bowdoin,” replaces “Rise Sons of Bowdoin,” and its new lyrics replace “the nurturer of men” with “our nurturer and friend”

1997

  • Fraternities phased out, in part because of their incompatibility with coeducation
2002 - Professors Kristen Ghodsee and Jennifer Scanlon hired

2002 – Professors Kristen Ghodsee and Jennifer Scanlon hired

2002

  • Professors Kristen Ghodsee and Jennifer Scanlon hired as first faculty members appointed full-time Women’s Studies Program

2005

  • Women’s Studies Program changes name to Gender and Women’s Studies Program
2007 - Women's Field Hockey team 1st Bowdoin team to win NCAA National Championship

2007 – Women’s Field Hockey team 1st Bowdoin team to win NCAA National Championship

 

2007

  • Women’s Field Hockey team 1st Bowdoin team to win NCAA National Championship

2010

  • Gender neutral housing option implemented
The Historians of GWS 280 - Fall 2011

The Historians of GWS 280 – Fall 2011

2011

  • Bowdoin celebrates 40 years of coeducation with a host of speakers, concerts, and events
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