Ezra Cornell, wisely, founded Cornell as a coeducational university. Cornell was the only Ivy and one of only a few other higher education institutions that welcomed women at the time. Our years at Cornell were special for women and this school year we are celebrating significant anniversaries of women at Cornell.
As part of Cornell’s Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Athletics with the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, our Class is sponsoring a webinar in early 2022. And if you have women’s athletic memories and photos to share, please send them to classmate Diane Kopelman VerSchure so we can make them part of that webinar.
Cornell is also celebrating 50 years of Women’s Studies at the university. Read here about how this curriculum began at Cornell and how it changed the life of classmate Marylynn Salmon. Several events are being planned as Cornell alumni and faculty are remembering the barriers, the hurdles and the support the experienced at the launch of this significant program.
I was recently sent this inspiring story about two of our classmates, Lila Miller ’74 DVM ’77 and Rochelle Woods ’74 DVM ’77, the first two Black women to earn a veterinary degree from Cornell. I think you’ll enjoy it.
So let’s celebrate our good fortune of attending such a forward-thinking school at such an important and transformational time and be thankful for our alma mater.