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Wooster Digital History Project



By Laura Merrell

Women have long had a presence at the College of Wooster, as Dr. Lord declared in his 1870 inaugural address that there would be no discrimination in admission based on sex. In the first few decades of the institution, female students had a mentor and role model in Annie B. Irish, the college’s first female professor. Female students’ involvement on campus ranged from successfully lobbying for better housing, which resulted in Hoover Cottage, and participation in various groups and clubs.