January 23, 2006
Doctors, Lawyers, and Nuns
Posted by Christine Hurt

Marquette Today in my mailbox was a magazine sent to all staff at Jesuit universities:  Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.  This issue is dedicated to the issue of women in Jesuit institutions.  Two of the articles focus on Marquette University.  A history professor, Thomas Jablonsky chronicles the entrance of female students at the university.  According to Professor Jablonsky, the transition to a co-ed university happened a bit by chance and necessity.

In 1907-08, the university acquired a medical college and a law school, adopting six female medical students and one female law student.  These women became the first female graduates of Marquette University.  A year later, the president allowed females to enroll in the new summer session due to the exigency of Catholic nuns in Wisconsin not being able to finish their education because Wisconsin had no Catholic women's college at the time.  In order for Wisconsin parochial elementary and secondary education to continue, nuns would have to be trained somewhere as teachers.  Following that controversial decision, women were allowed to enroll in new programs, business administration and journalism in 1910, and then in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1926.

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