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The First State University to Admit Women on an Equal Basis with Men

 
 
The First State University to Admit Women on an Equal Basis with Men Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
1. The First State University to Admit Women on an Equal Basis with Men Marker
Inscription.  
The first state university to admit women on an equal basis with men was the University of Iowa, in 1855.

Plaque dedicated in memory of
Professor Jane A. Weiss (1943-1981)
feminist, scholar, teacher, friend

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 41° 39.761′ N, 91° 32.185′ W. Marker is in Iowa City, Iowa, in Johnson County. Marker is on West Jefferson Street east of North Madison Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is mounted on a boulder beside the walkway directly in front of Calvin Hall (The University of Iowa Office of Admissions). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West Jefferson Street, Iowa City IA 52240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Dental Building (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memorium (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Capitol (about 500 feet away); The Old Stone Capitol (about 500 feet away); Old Brick (about 600 feet away); Schaeffer Hall
Calvin Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
2. Calvin Hall
(marker is mounted on boulder near bottom right corner)
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(about 700 feet away); Site of World's First Educational Television Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary's Church (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iowa City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Milestones in University of Iowa history.
The University of Iowa is the state's oldest institution of higher education, established in Iowa Code Chapter 263.
Its object shall be to provide the best and most efficient means of imparting to men and women, upon equal terms, a liberal education and thorough knowledge of the different branches of literature and the arts and sciences, with their varied applications.
The University of Iowa becomes the first state institution of higher learning to admit women and men on an equal basis. In September 1855, the student body numbers 124, of which 41 are women.
(Submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. University of Iowa.
The university was founded in 1847, as the State University of Iowa, only 59 days after the formation of the Iowa State. It was the first public university in nation to admit men and women on an equal basis, and the first university in the world
Calvin Hall (<i>south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
3. Calvin Hall (south elevation)
(marker visible along walkway on right side of entrance)
to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and art on an equal basis with academic research.
(Submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. University of Iowa Firsts.
Among public universities in the United States, UI was the first to become coeducational and host a department of religious studies; it also opened the first coeducational medical school. The university was one of the first institutions in America to grant a law degree to a woman (Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson, 1873), to grant a law degree to an African American (Alexander G. Clark, Jr. in 1879), and to put an African American on a varsity athletic squad (Frank Holbrook in 1895).
(Submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Mar. 23, 2023