Becoming a College Woman in 1900

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Becoming a College Woman in 1900

Susan Van Dyne, Professor Emerita - The Study of Women and Gender
Chair of the Archives Concentration

Studying archival photographs from the early days of Smith College, Susan Van Dyne traces the changing styles, attitudes and modes of dress of Smith students, who defied Victorian-era convention to express themselves through academics, athletics and dramatics. These self-consciously crafted and carefully curated images allow us to witness the emergence of modern womanhood.

Part of the Scholars in Studio video series