Timeline of Women
1892 Caroline Preston Davis applies
for permission to take the examination for a B.A. in mathematics.
Davis passes the exam and is awarded a certificate
of proficiency instead of a degree.
Addis M. Meade receives a masters degree in mathematics.
Later that year, the faculty and Board of Visitors vote
against admitting women under any conditions.
Women are admitted to two-year nursing diploma program at
Mary Cooke-Branch Munford presses the Virginia General Assembly
to establish a co-ordinate womens college in Charlottesville.
U.Va faculty endorse the bill in 1911.
A bill to establish a co-ordinate womens college
in Charlottesville passes the state Senate, but fails in
the House by two votes.
The General Assembly decides to admit women to graduate
and professional programs at U.Va. Seventeen women enroll
at U.Va in the fall of 1920.
U.Va receives $50,000 from the Graduate Nurses
Association for the establishment of a School of Nursing.
Several faculty wives and daughters are accepted in the
Alice Jackson, an African-American female, focuses national
attention on U.Va.s discriminatory admission policies
when she applies to the school.
1944 Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg becomes affiliated
with U.Va. as a co-ordinate school for women.
President Edgar F. Shannon Jr. appoints a University committee
to consider the need for the admission of women to the College
of Arts and Sciences.
The committee concludes that the existing arrangement unfairly
discriminates against women and comes out in support
of their admittance.
The committee finds that U.Va. is the only U.S. state university
that, by not opening its main campus college to women, forces
them to attend a separate college 65 miles away. The Honor
Committee, however, concludes in a study that coeducation
will hurt the Honor System, and thus should not be recommended.
The Board of Visitors drops its ban against women in the
College. U.Va. adopts a policy of voluntary gradualism,
and declares, as a first step, that it will accept student
and faculty members wives and daughters.
U.Va. alumnus John Lowe initiates ACLU lawsuit against U.Va.
U.S. Circuit Court panel requires U.Va. to consider the
application of Virginia Scott and to phase in coeducation
over two years.
The first class of 450 undergraduate women enters
U.Va. (39 percent). The number of men admitted remains constant.
Women comprise 55 percent
of the undergraduate student body.
Sources include: Alumni News, Office of Admissions, Women's