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Yale Needs Women
Yale Needs Women: The First Ivy League Girls and Their Fight for a Seat at the Head of the Class | Anne Gardiner Perkins
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"Perkins makes the story of these early and unwitting feminist pioneers come alive against the backdrop of the contemporaneous civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1970s, and offers observations that remain eerily relevant on U.S. campuses today." --Edward B. Fiske, bestselling author of Fiske Guide to Colleges "If Yale was going to keep its standing as one of the top two or three colleges in the nation, the availability of women was an amenity it could no longer do without." In the summer of 1969, from big cities to small towns, young women across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. The Ivy League institution dedicated to graduating "one thousand male leaders" each year had finally decided to open its doors to the nation's top female students. The landmark decision was a huge step forward for women's equality in education. Or was it? The experience the first undergraduate women found when they stepped onto Yale's imposing campus was not the same one their male peers enjoyed. Isolated from one another, singled out as oddities and sexual objects, and barred from many of the privileges an elite education was supposed to offer, many of the first girls found themselves immersed in an overwhelmingly male culture they were unprepared to face. Yale Needs Women is the story of how these young women fought against the backward-leaning traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future. Anne Gardiner Perkins's unflinching account of a group of young women striving for change is an inspiring story of strength, resilience, and courage that continues to resonate today.
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Megabooks
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It‘s blows my mind to think it was just 50 years ago that most top colleges didn‘t have sex-blind admissions. And we still haven‘t had a century of women‘s suffrage in America!

Perkins set to move away from the thought that “we admitted women & all was OK!” to the real story of the women (and a few men) who changed the culture and admissions at Yale.

But we still don‘t have parity in faculty and administrative positions. Still work to do! 4⭐️

Amiable This was such a good book, wasn‘t it ? 5h
Megabooks @Amiable it really was! This dissertation translated nicely into an interesting book. 5h
Amiable @Megabooks I attended a presentation by the author at RJ Julia‘s in Connecticut when the book first came out —she is an excellent speaker, too. 3h
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A new kindle cover that matches my paperwhite came today. It‘s even prettier in person than the Etsy picture! I‘ve been reading/listening o the tagged book some today! I will be glad when my mom‘s bridge party is over and I can be off my “best behavior.” Lol 😂😂🥳🍾🎄

Crazeedi Aww, see I got my paperwhite right before they made it audio friendly! Dang!! Lovely cover btw!❤❤ 2d
Reviewsbylola I love the cover and the paper white! 2d
jillrhudy I‘ll replace mine next year, most likely 2d
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Aims42 Your cover is gorgeous, love it 😍 2d
Megabooks @Crazeedi it‘s great being able to pair it with a Bluetooth speaker! And thank you!! 2d
Megabooks @jillrhudy I hope you like it! I‘ve had kindle fires but this is my first paperwhite. 2d
Megabooks @Aims42 Thank you!! 2d
Meaw_catlady Ooh pretty!! 2d
LeahBergen Very pretty! 2d
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady Thank you!! 😊 2d
Jee_HookedOnBookz So pretty! And how are you Meg? 2d
Megabooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks for asking! I‘m doing okay. I still haven‘t heard from the doctor on the Monday X-rays, and I‘m still hurting a fair amount, but overall I‘m having more good hours than bad! Honestly my peri menopause is driving me more nuts right now. 😂😂 I‘m ready to get spayed!! Lol 😉 2d
readordierachel Lovely! 1d
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Okay so I may be a tad obsessed with my new paperwhite. Just a smidge. I‘m really glad to be able to read library ebook without eye strain!! Supper Club and Very Nice (ToB longlist!) are from the library and YNW is my holiday card listen along.

I guess you can consider this my #weeklyforecast Cindy!

I‘m also reading The Lager Queen of MN in print. 👍🏻👍🏻

Cinfhen So glad you‘re enjoying your new Kindle!! It really is a game changer ❤️🙌🏻the book about Yale seems fascinating. How‘s recovering going?? Still sleeping a lot??? 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen Still on bed rest! I slept all afternoon to the point where I woke up at 8 PM and thought it was 8 AM. 🙄😂 I sent you an email, btw. Just a half hour ago. The Yale book is fascinating. I‘m actually looking forward to listening!! The narration is great!! I had to reinstall litsy. It‘s been acting up and not letting me scrolling back. Has that happened to you?? 7d
Cinfhen Yes!!!!! My Litsy has been acting up ALL WEEK!!! I‘m so scared to reinstall but I guess I might need to. I haven‘t looked at emails yet...I‘ll go check now,😘 7d
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I was just glad I remembered my pw!! We‘ll see if it works any better!! 7d
Cinfhen Oh, good point! Must remember my PW!!!! 7d
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to Very Nice! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB so far, it‘s very nice! Oh I am so funny! 😂😂😂😂 (too bad I inherited my dad‘s sense of humor. 🙄) I just started it, and it‘s got a good hook. I‘m definitely interested! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m a bit farther in now and it‘s hilarious! (Although I‘m not sure I‘m supposed to find it as funny as I do.) The sentence structure is very choppy, but I kind of like it. 7d
BarbaraBB 😂😂 very nice! I am looking forward to your review! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB omg, this book is the Peyton place of Greenwich and Brooklyn. It is like a literary, both in the sense it is about a writer and that it has a decent plot, Peyton place. And I am eating it up like a delicious box of chocolates and just as fun! Very Nice indeed! 😳😂💜💜💜 6d
BarbaraBB Okay. Stacked of course. 6d
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This was a fascinating story about how women fought to end Yale's male only campus and become coed. Interesting story about the various movements that popped up on campus from support for Black panthers to anti war movement to finally enacting gender blind admission.

This was a delightful listen and very informative

#NFNov

lele1432 That does sound fascinating! 1mo
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I started this book after having bailed on The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Maybe I'll go back to it later.

I am really liking this Audiobook. This is interesting and fascinating. I had no idea Yale was all Male until the late 1960s.

Wow.

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Amiable
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COMPLETED for #NFNov . Recommended. It‘s a behind-the-scenes look at how coeducation came into being at Yale in 1969, as well as a wider look at how the country was evolving on the issue at the same time. Although reading about it kind of dented Yale‘s reputation in my eyes.
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Amiable
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#TIL Today in my reading for #NFNov I learned to my surprise that Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments to the Civil Rights Act —which was intended to prohibit gender discrimination in places like colleges and universities—has a narrowly worded exemption for PRIVATE undergraduate admissions because Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth & Princeton lobbied hard against it. That exemption STILL STANDS today. 😡

@rsteve388 @Clwojick @Clwojick

MatchlessMarie The private school I graduated from has a free pass to discriminate because ✌religious freedom✌ 🙄 1mo
overtheedge 😡 1mo
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Amiable @MatchlessMarie I hold a particular animosity for entities that discriminate and claim they are doing so for “religious freedom.” 😖😡 1mo
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#TIL The saddest thing I‘ve learned today in my #NFNov reading is how little progress we‘ve made as a society in the past 50 years. 🙁
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Scochrane26 I feel that way often when I read NF. It‘s very frustrating to read essays by Wendell Berry about conservation from the 60‘s & other environmental books from the 90‘s & realize not many have listened. And plenty of other subjects-women‘s rights, racism, poverty, health (like Radium girls). 1mo
Amiable @Scochrane26 I agree —it too often feels like an exercise in futility. It‘s depressing. 1mo
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youneverarrived This just makes me mad 😠 1mo
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#TIL Today in my reading for #NFNov I learned about the May Day protests that took place in the New Haven Green near the Yale Campus in 1970, and how the Yale community reacted in opening its doors to the protesters. This is fascinating to me —I was born and grew up in the town right next to New Haven and now I work there, and I never knew anything about this!
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TheBookDream I am in a town near New Haven. Huh 1mo
Amiable @TheBookDream Where are you? I grew up in North Haven. 1mo
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I don‘t even have words to describe how I feel about learning this fact in my #NFNov reading. #TIL
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LibrarianRyan 😡😡 1mo
kspenmoll Women still struggle! 😡 1mo
Amiable @kspenmoll @LibrarianRyan The most unsettling thing about this book is the recognition that some things have really not changed at all in the 50 years since coeducation happened at Yale. 1mo
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rsteve388

#NFNov Participants!

Real quick, I will count up points about twice a day in the morning and in the evening. So If I don't count you right away that's why! Also feel free to correct me if I make a mistake. I am human and sometimes get confused.. that's green banner for a finished book throws me sometimes!

#Enjoy #NFNov

Amiable @rsteve388 Thank you so much for all your hard work on this challenge! It must be an overwhelming task to sort through all the tags and posts. 1mo
rsteve388 Thank you that's very kind of you to say cause yes it is hard work but a work of love. 1mo
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Amiable
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A sobering statistic that meant highly qualified female applicants were rejected in favor of male candidates with less than stellar stats. #TIL for #NFNov
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Next up for #NFNov. So far I‘ve learned (TIL) that Yale didn‘t open its doors to women because of any sense of gender equity in education, but because it was losing the best male applicants to Harvard (which had women at Radcliffe). Also, the first women admitted to Yale were not done so because of their academic & leadership skills — Yale sought women who had lots of brothers because they would need “grit” to live with men. @rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Anne Gardiner Perkins speaks at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, about the challenges and discrimination faced by the first women who were allowed to enroll as undergraduates at Yale University in 1969.

UwannaPublishme How cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Treating myself to hot chocolate and a cupcake while I wait for Anne Gardiner Perkins to talk about her new book at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.

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the-woman-who-read-everything
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This was a really interesting book! If you like nonfiction about people who have been overlooked by history (a la Hidden Figures), check this one out when it comes out September 10.