The Co-Ed is Here: Women as Students
In 1921, Virginia Tech began admitting women to the university for full-time studies. Some of the male students were none too pleased - as one poem in the 1922 Bugle states,
“The Co-Ed is here /Women, however, have had access to education in numerous forms in the area and, of course, throughout the world by this point. The Montgomery Female College, a boarding prep school in Christiansburg, Va., was established in 1853, and the Christiansburg Institute, an African-American high school and technical training school, was established in 1866. Nearby Radford University was founded as a women's college, focused on training teachers, in 1910. In 1914, Virginia Tech became the headquarters of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, which sent agents all over the state to train men and women in farming and home economics. In 1916, women were allowed to take summer courses at Virginia Tech, so by 1921, it was long overdue for their entry into the university's full time student body.
She belongs all alone in a class of her own /
At VPI she has caused a wretched condition /
We only have ten, but curses, what a collection I’m peeved and I’m mad, I favor Co-ed extradition, The sooner the better, /
Or we shall let her murder our very tradition.”
This exhibit intends to illuminate some of the items we have in Special Collections, not just from Virginia, but all over the world, that highlight women's achievements as students.
So let's celebrate the fact: "The Co-Ed is Here!"