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The juxtaposition of … recognizing that we're being treating differently based on characteristics of which we have no control. We didn't choose to be women, for example, we didn't choose to be black.

There were professors who were shaming kids in class. [They] called them out … expecting them to speak as a representative of their entire race … [They put] down [outspoken] women. Those just accumulated … but were treated, unfortunately, as isolated incidences. It just happened to you or you. As I understand it, in the fall of 1990 it came to a head when student body officers went on their pre-school retreat and there were … racist and sexist skits presented. And add that to the ongoing experiences of African American kids and women, it just all came to a head [and there] was a big confrontation [with] students and John Byrne … [who] sat by himself at a table in the MU Lounge and heard it all.

~ Phyllis Lee

Working at the Black Student Union

Working at the Black Student Union, 1970

In loco parentis had been … a prevalent kind of philosophy in student affairs. People, young women, today can't understand there … were certain kinds of responsibilities [and] certain limits. There was appropriate dress for certain occasions. There were limits in terms of hours. If you stayed out all night, you weren't going to have time to study, and you'd have difficulty with your academic work [or] get into other kinds of trouble.

We began to work toward gradually implementing more liberal kinds … social policies. [We saw] in the late sixties, a movement toward more opportunities for women.

~ Jo Anne Trow

Five women conversing over tea

Five women conversing over tea, ca. 1910

And they wouldn’t let women wear patent leather shoes because if the boys looked down they might be able to see up the skirt. And we tried and tried to do that, to see if it was really true. Of course, it wasn’t.

~ Mina McDaniel

Participants in a body painting event

Participants in a body painting event, 1969