Women’s History Month: My Alma Mater

My Alma Mater Boston University [I got my MS in journalism in 1995]:

BU Firsts:

Boston University was first university to open ALL divisions to female students in 1869.

Lelia Robinson Sawtelle (LAW 1881), first woman admitted to practice in all MA courts.

Boston University Medical College was the first coeducational medical college in the world (1873)

BU was the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, classical scholar Helen Magil (1877)

Rebecca Lee, the first black woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. (and perhaps the world), graduated in 1864 from the New England Female Medical College, which became a part of Boston University.

Harriet E. Richards Cooperative House, probably the first co-op house in the country, was founded in 1928 at 328 Bay State Road.

Emma Fall Schofield, LAW alumna, was the state’s first woman judge. Her father had four BU degrees; her mother, the state’s first woman lawyer in a jury case, had three.

Louise Bogan published poetry in 1915 as a freshman in the BU literary journal, The Beacon.

Many actresses such as Faye Dunaway, Geena Davis, and Olympia Dukakis are alumni of the College of Fine Arts. Many other notable alums and 20th century figures have donated their personal collections to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Many facts were gathered from BU’s info center.

BU College of Communication

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