Changing the Culture – Creating New Traditions
In the years following the graduation of the first fully coeducational class (class of 1976), women set out to break into the traditionally all-male spaces and alter the hyper-masculine culture that defined Dartmouth. Women pioneered into STEM, the great outdoors, onto the athletic fields, and they changed the wording of the alma mater. During that first year of coeducation women made up just 11% of the student body. By the early 2000s the college had finally attained gender parity between men and women. Though we recognize that due to the culture at the time, gender nonconforming individuals did not have the opportunity to self-identify and therefore, the numbers are exclusive of their representation. Over the past 50 years Dartmouth alumnae have made significant contributions to the College including a recent historic fundraising effort for the restoration of Dartmouth Hall.