First female editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News, Anne Gardiner Perkins ’81 chronicles the introduction of undergraduate coed education at Yale in her recently published book, Yale Needs Women. Her account based in five years of archival research tells the behind-the-scenes administration story that challenges a “sanitized tale of equity instantly achieved” and includes narratives of those who matriculated in 1969 while outnumbered seven to one. Anne’s arrival in Colorado coincidentally coincides with the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of women students at Yale.
The experience the first undergraduate women found when they stepped onto Yale’s imposing campus was not the same one their male peers enjoyed. Isolated from one another, singled out as oddities and sexual objects, and barred from many of the privileges an elite education was supposed to offer, many of the first girls found themselves immersed in an overwhelmingly male culture they were unprepared to face.
Anne kicks off her book tour in Colorado at the Bookworm, 295 Main Street Edwards, with a panel, which includes local alums Sally Austen ’74, Sandra Fuller ’73, and Kent Petrie ’72, starting at 6:00 PM (admission $10). After the book signing, Yalie attendees can meet with Anne at Sally’s nearby boutique and have a glass of wine. For questions about the book event, contact the Bookworm. Please RSVP to Sally, so that she knows how many to expect: firstname.lastname@example.org. The follow day, Friday, September 6th, Anne will be at the Tattered Cover in LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver, for a book talk and signing starting at 7:00 pm. [If you can’t attend, you can still purchase a signed copy of the book on the Tattered Cover website] After the event, interested Yalie attendees go across the street to the nearby Thirsty Lion to meet Anne, have a drink and/or a bite to eat (run your own tab) Please help planning by RSVPing to Stephanie Grilli, letting her know if you’ll join the group after the Tattered Cover: email@example.com. Let’s give Anne a Colorado welcome!