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1960 's - Women in Dormitory room  

women in dormitory

Women were first admitted to the Pomona campus in 1961. 322 women and 2,750 men arrived for classes in the fall, establishing a ratio of roughly one woman to nine men. Male students registered both pleasure and resentment at the changed atmosphere on campus. According to the faculty, the women students clearly outshone the male students in literary skills and were perceived by some men as an academic threat. Initially women, unlike men, had to conform to a dress code and faced curfew hours. Dr. Mary Etta Murray (later Selle) was the first and only Dean of Women. The campus later adopted the standard operational organization used by all California state colleges and eliminated the different treatment of women students.  



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