Penn History

Women at Penn: Timeline of Pioneers and Achievements

Introduction

Compiled and edited by Mark Frazier Lloyd, July 2001

Medical Hall on Ninth Street campus, 1872
1740-1875:
Women in the Era of Charity Schools
First women to matriculate at the University of Pennsylvania, working in the chemistry laboratory, 1878
1876-1879:
First Women in Penn Classrooms as Special Students
Woman Music Graduate, 1894
1880-1900:
First Degree Candidates; Programs and Schools
Summer School, Montessori, 1915
1901-1919:
Administrative and Academic Positions; Traditions and Organizations
Delta Sigma Theta sorority, 1921

1920-1932:
Standing Faculties; Undergraduate Life
Women's Crew, 1935
1933-1950:
The College of Liberal Arts for Women
Hey Day, Women's Ivy Day, 1960

1951-1968:
Activities Merge; Tenures and Advancements
Louise Proehl Shoemaker, 1972
1969-1974:
Women Trustees; Discrimination
Claire Muriel Mintzer Fagin, 1993
1975-1992:
Women Fully Integrated
Judith Seitz Rodin, 1994
1993-2004:
Women Rise to the Presidency