1870: Michigan Agricultural College Opens Its Doors to Women for the First Time

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February 23, 2021 all-day
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On February 23, 1870, what was then known as State Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) opened its doors to 10 female students. These women, ranging in age from 16 to 23 – studied subjects including chemistry, botany, horticulture, floriculture, trigonometry, surveying, and entomology. No special courses for women were offered at that time, so they took the same classes as men and participated in the daily fieldwork alongside male students.

Source : Michigan State University Diversity and Inclusion Page

A few weeks earlier, according to Michigan History, Elizabeth Stockwell from Kalamazoo was the first female to attend the University of Michigan on February 2, 1870.

Source : Michigan History