Time for an alumnae trustee

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1864-1913

June 27, 1899

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The alumnae recognize as perhaps the Trustees cannot, how totally inadequate to the demands of the college women are the houses provided for their use, and they have reason to know that desirable girls are prevented from entering Colby on this very account. … The Alumnae Association begs to urge that the Trustees will in the near future appropriate such a portion of whatever new funds may come to the College as shall be required for the erection of a new building for the women. Also, in view of the facts, also, that it is twenty-five years since women were first graduated from Colby, that the Alumnae now number more than one hundred and thirty, and that no one can understand the peculiar needs and possibilities of the Women’s Division as those who have gone out of it, the Alumnae Association respectfully requests the privilege of electing one of its members to membership on the Board of Trustees of Colby College.


Separate in chapel, recitations, commencement

We find that the opinion favorable to coeducation and co-ordination is very general, and yet the desire exists among many young men to go to a man’s college and among many young women to go to a women’s college.

We are of the opinion that Colby should continue to use its equipment for the higher education of men and women.

That the system of co-ordination should be continued, viz that there should be a man’s division and a woman’s division.

That as the conditions of the college will allow, the students of each division should become separated in chapel exercises, recitations, lectures, public and commencement exercises.

When women outnumber men

In 1891 there were 137 men, today 123. In 1891 there were 47 women, now 80, and the last entering class contained 37 of each sex.  …

When the time comes that the women outnumber the men, the men will feel that they are going to a women’s college, and in my judgment such a condition will have a tendency to lessen still further the number of men. It is a fact not to be winked out of sight that many young man who would otherwise naturally come to Colby and who are just the kind we need as students and as alumni, are kept from Colby because of the large number of women here today.