….and I don’t mean the three thousand miles in distance I traveled to New York from California.
I’ve also come a long way in time.
40 years to be exact.
40 years ago this fall, a few hundred women enrolled as undergraduates at Yale for the first time in the school’s 300- year history.
To honor that anniversary— when women students first became part of the student body— there’s an event today at the Yale Club in New York.
In attendance will be members of Yale’s first coed class— women and men traveling here from all over the country. Also attending will be a few of the Yale administration, who orchestrated coeducation and selected those admitted.
40 years later, I’m still not sure how I made the cut. I’m proud to be part of the first group of women ever to graduate from Yale.
This occasion is the reason I’m right here, right now—to look back and remember, and to celebrate how far we’ve all come.