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Yale Needs Women

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“If Yale was going to keep its standing as one of the top two or three colleges in the nation, the availability of women was an amenity it could no longer do without.”

In the summer of 1969, from big cities to small towns, young women across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. The Ivy League institution dedicated to graduating
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Published September 10th 2019 by Sourcebooks
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sonia Sotomayor. Janet Yellen. Elizabeth Kolbert. Jodie Foster. Maya Lin. Angela Bassett. Anne Applebaum. Sigourney Weaver. Marian Wright Edelman. All of these notable women have gotten a leg up in life by attending Yale University. Applying to Yale may seem like a no brainer to top female high school students today, but as recently as fifty years ago, many top private universities only admitted men. With Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir stimulating the feminist revolution in the late 1960s, ...more
This is a fabulous historical nonfictional work.
Yes, Yale needs more women. Every top Uni out there needs more women. All the women they can get. And I do not exaggerate. It is not an exaggeration, it is something wonderful
For everyone with feminist inclination, this actually might be an interesting nonfictional read. Just a bit of a mind-opener. Really shows that with the right materials, everyone can build beautiful things.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was particularly interested in reading this book as I also found myself an unlikely pioneer in college......among the first women attending Washington and Lee University in 1985. We numbered only 100 of 1600 undergrads on campus. I found many similarities, not all of them positive, between my experiences and those of the women of Yale in 1969. This book is well-written and easily engages the reader with the lives of 5 women as well as many other figures at the university at that time. There ar ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A few reviewers referred to Yale needs Women as a novel and it is not. This is an academic work although written in a very accessible style for the average reader. The book started as a graduate paper and morphed into a dissertation over time. Anne Gardner Perkins has a wonderful writing style for what could become dry material. Perkins really allows readers into the lives of several of the students and one administrator in particular. The author straddles the line nicely between fitting in the ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yale Needs Women by Anne Gardiner Perkins is a fabulous historical account (nonfiction) based on the first females that were accepted and lived on campus at Yale starting the summer/fall term of 1969.

This is particularly interesting for anyone that is interested in female rights/liberties, how we have acquired what we have so far, and to gage how far we still need to go. It is fascinating (and honestly very sad) to see how difficult it was for these women to just want to have the sam
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I love books about feminism, I love books about higher ed, I love books that take a micro topic (the first cohort of women admitted to Yale) and use that to examine a macro topic (women’s place in higher ed from the 1960’s to today).
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The phrase rankled, and some women liked to extend it: "one thousand male leaders and two hundred concubines," they would say to each other, underscoring what the tagline implied for their own status. The male undergraduates were the given, the nonnegotiable, the heart of Yale's mission. The women were add-ons."

In 1969, Yale admitted the first 575 women into their undergraduate school - a quantity that meant the ladies were outnumbered by their male counterparts at a ratio of roughly 7:1. And w
Elizabeth S
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tightly woven, nuanced true history of five of the First Women who entered Yale College in the fall of 1969. Set during the turbulent 60s, with the Vietnam War protests, Black Panther trials, and the emergence of the Second Wave of Feminism, Perkins brings the era, and the lives of these young women to life. Perkins, herself a 1981 Yale graduate, Rhodes Scholar and PhD historian, was the first woman to serve as Editor in Chief of the legendary Yale Daily News.

The saga of the women's field hocke
Emily Joy
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this riveting book, Anne Gardiner Perkins presents the stories and history behind Yale’s decision to become coed and start accepting female undergraduate students in 1969, at a time when feminism, women’s lib, and activism was increasingly making the news. Yale Needs Women is one of the best works of feminist nonfiction I have ever read, set during an eventful time in American history. Focusing on the lives of five of the first female students at Yale, this book discusses the issues female st ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

"If Yale was going to keep its standing as one of the top two or three colleges in the nation, the availability of women was an amenity it could no longer do without."

In the summer of 1969, from big cities to small towns, young women across the count
Maggie Gust
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While working on a PhD in History at the University of Massachusetts, the author had a light bulb moment about the first females at historically all-male Yale. The slightly more than 200 women admitted in 1969 as freshmen, sophomores and juniors had become a footnote in history but no one had ever told their stories. So she decided to do it.

Yale Needs Women reminds us of how much has changed over the past 50 years as well as how little essential change has occurred. Those of us who came of age
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from in exchanged for a First Impressions review.

In the fall of 1969, Yale admitted its first women - 575 of them - to its undergraduate college.The pressure came from male students who were selecting coed universities in preference to the all-male Yale, and the school feared losing its preeminence to other elite schools. So women were admitted -- and Yale thought it had done enough. As author Anne Gardiner Perkins (who entered Yale in 19
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng, biography
Writing for an academic audience (such as in a dissertation) is totally different from how stories are told in popular non-fiction, so it is rare when an author can turn academic research into a compelling, readable book that non-specialists will enjoy. Anne Gardiner Perkins has done it here.

This is the eye-opening story of how change happens at the cultural and institutional levels, as well as the personal. I really hope this book won't simply be labeled "feminist" and buried on the
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Previously an all-male enclave, Yale admitted its first women students in 1969. This book is a surprisingly compelling account of how that change came about and an account of some of the first women to be accepted there. They certainly didn’t have an easy ride, and prejudice against women from both faculty and students survived for quite a while. It’s hard now to remember those days and this is a timely reminder of how women have often had to battle for equal educational rights. The stories of s ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book that follows four women who were in the first class at Yale. What I love about this book, is that in the same way poetry uses few words to state big and powerful ideas, Perkins gives us a scope of a turbulent time in our history that includes civil rights, women's movement, ecology and the Vietnam War, though the experience of these four women. I bought this for each of the millenials in my life, to help them understand how different it was to grow up female not too long ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am one of the first women in Yale College. Fifty years ago it was impossible to really understand what was going on around us. There was no social media, no smartphone in our pocket, no internet with news at one's fingertips. We knew only what we happened to encounter.

1969-1973 at Yale was a tumultuous and chaotic time. Anne Perkins has recreated those years, but with the benefit of her meticulous research and great storytelling I now understand what was going on around me. I am astonished. A
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book to be one of two non-fiction books I would be discussing in my November Book Talk at my library. I found it fascinating and very informative. I devoured it in two days.

Needless to say I was blown away when I attended the Library Journal Day of Dialog in October and who was there on a panel? Anne Gardiner Perkins! She was great (as well as the rest of the panel).

I have been recommending the heck out of this book.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

brief summary
Drawing on first-hand interviews and numerous secondary sources, this eye-opening history follows five primary individuals and nearly a score of others involved in the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s as Yale opens the doors of its hallowed halls to students of the fairer sex for the first time/>brief/>This
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I appreciated this book immensely more because my daughter goes to Yale. Without that connection I think I would have abandoned it. It is the portrait of a turbulent era and the injustice against women is quite enraging, but it is a bit dry and a bit boring.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is quite good. The author has done a good job with her research and presenting the fact in a way to keep your interest. This year is the 50th anniversary of Yale admitting women as undergraduates. The reader gets a good idea of what being a student at Yale was like amidst what was happening in the world in 1969.

This book caused me to reflect on my own college experience. I graduated from a large mid-west coed university in 1969. While I did not experience some of the things
Shari Suarez
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1969 Yale admitted women for the first time. This is the story of that decision and the hardships and isolation that the first female students endured.
The author spent five years researching this book and it shows. She spoke to several of the students and administrators at the time and told their stories.
I wasn't aware that Yale didn't admit women until 1969 and I was both touched and horrified by their experiences.
Alex Richey
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A really fascinating journey through history. I think what surprises me the most is how much initiative these college students showed to make the changes necessary to make women at Yale happen at all. I don't remember the other students at my own university take this kind of initiative. Wow. Very inspiring, and still relevant in today's political climate.
Clazzzer C
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anne Gardiner Perkins brought to us here in this truly excellent account the tale of the first women to be admitted to Yale and how their first experience was nothing like that of their male counterparts. Education globally has traditionally been views as a right, a privilege, an expectation of men within societies, predominantly in the developed world but increasing in the developing world also. When women wanted and were allowed to encroach on their territory they had no intention of making it ...more
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Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enlightening and powerful review of Yale's evolution regarding women !

Women's rights and empowerement is a topic dear to me. Reading this book was both a big slap in the face and a message of hope. I had no idea how much women were bullied in such high spheres until I read those words and saw it for myself while researching this topic, and reading about it was definitely educational. However, the growth of women movements depicted here is an absolute message of hope and of not giv
Lorri Steinbacher
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting look at the women reluctantly admitted to Yale in the 70's. Perkins introduces you to a sample of women from that class and gives you a sense of the potential of so many women that went virtually unrecognized. Yale was meant to produce leaders and it was incomprehensible that women could be leaders.

Would be a good book group selection.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Yales Needs Women is a journalistic study in the fight for women to be able to attend the same prestigious as men. This book was extremely informative about a time (not long ago) when women, despite the intellectual equalness, and even superiority, were denied entrance to Yale. It's hard to fathom that even as I was first entering school, women were still not allowed to enter so many places. The fight is far from over, but this book shows the progress that has been made.
Jeffrey Chassen
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was fantastic and incredibly timely. A point well-made in the book is that history doesnt just happen. It happens slowly, sometimes painfully so. It is frustrating and many mountains must move for progress to occur. In light of the current political climate, I find this book to be particularly optimistic. I thought the pacing was great, and I felt personally invested in the fight as a reader. Biography & Memoir
YALE NEEDS WOMEN provides an in-depth, fascinating look at the process by which Yale University became a coeducational institution in 1969 and the subsequent struggle to make coeducation succeed. Anne Gardiner Perkins skillfully places the subject matter into the larger context of the tumultuous years during which it unfolded, examining the backdrop of the fundamental cultural shifts that occurred in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Yale’s decision to admit women w
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: higher-education
Summary: The history of Yale's first women's class, entering in 1969, and the challenges of transitioning an all-male institution to co-education.

Before the fall of 1969, Yale had been an all-male institution for 268 years. They had a stated goal of admitting 1000 men each year, the future leaders of the country. In 1968, pressure built upon Kingman Brewster, popular president of Yale, to open Yale to women. Male students declared "Yale needs women." Up until then women were bussed in on weekends fr
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yale Needs Women chronicles the movement to shift women from the periphery of Yale educational life to equal status with male students- after 268 years of Yale being an all-male institution.

Some interesting highlights:
-It was crazy to me why the move really began- not because it was the right thing to do, but rather for prestige reasons- if other “less worthy” educational institutions were contemplating going co-ed, Yale could not be seen as falling behind the homes.
-What drew
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Anne Gardiner Perkins grew up in Baltimore and attended Yale University, where she earned her BA in history and was the first woman editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. She is also a Rhodes Scholar and completed a BA in modern history at Balliol College, Oxford University. She has spent her life in education, from urban high school teacher to elected school committee member. She received her Ph ...more