Cornell College prides itself on being the first coeducational institution West of the Mississippi and the first in the nation to grant a female Professorship with the same pay as any male in the field. The College’ s reputation is touted in textbooks, by scholars, faculty and tour guides. One can only imagine the wealth of information regarding Cornell’ s pursuit of gender equality in higher education. This presentation is a brief overview of the numerous hours spent in the College’ s archives exploring what the lives of Cornell women were like from the founding of the College to the time of the Great Depression. Archival research of century-old letters and documents uncovered that Cornell’ s women were experiencing the progressiveness publicized by the College today while simultaneously dealing with gender inequality that avoids mention in our brochures and College literature.
Lena Hann, ’06 Somonauk, IL
Majors: Women’ s Studies, Sociology
Sponsor: Diane Crowder