Room Five

A Place of Their Own
The Campus Life of Women at Cal, 1910-1915

In 1911, women students at Cal were excluded from a number of activities by campus tradition or rules. While access to campus facilities like classrooms and the library was generally co-educational, the faculty club was a strictly men-only preserve, as were Senior Hall and Harmon Gymnasium (most of the time). Women could attend most men's athletic events, but were not allowed to sit in the official student rooting section or serve as yell leaders. The Cal Band membership was men only, as was the Glee Club. Elected student leaders (including the president of the ASUC and the editors of The Daily Californian and the Blue and Gold yearbook) were traditionally men, although a woman customarily served as the ASUC vice-president.

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