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by becca

History of UK and Women Students

October 19, 2010 in 1920s-30s, 1940s-1950s, 1950s-1960s, 1960s-1970s, Intellectual history, Social history

I was shocked to discover that the University of Kentucky’s womens basketball team was actually started a year before the mens in 1902.

However, that excitement was almost immediately shut down when I read that in 1924 the University Senate passed a bill that discontinued the womens team because if the game was too strenuous for the boys (which they thought) then it must be way too strenuous for the girls. So dumb.

I continued looking at the history of women and the roles they were allowed to play with the establishment of the University. In 1880, the Agricultural and Mechanical College allowed women to enroll, 15 years after the college itself was established.

Aside from the ridiculousness of the women’s basketball team, UK reestablished basketball and began gymnastics, track, tennis, swimming, and golf for women in 1974. A little late in my opinion, but better late than never I guess.

And in 1980, it was recorded that more women were earning degrees than men.

Overall, the University of Kentucky has had their ups and downs when it comes to being an equal opportunity school. We are lucky to attend during a time of equality!

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