Social codes/rules

Voices of Today's Woman Seminar Held in 1972

October 5-8, 1972

In 1972 on October 5, 6 and 8, Dickinson held a seminar on women in
coordination with the Bicentennial Homecoming the same weekend.  The
seminar was "designed to examine the political, educational, legal, and
social conditions in our society which sometimes tend to reduce women's
participation as full partners with men in many aspects of life."  It was the first seminar on women ever held at Dickinson
and included a play by the Mermaid Players, speeches, workshops and
exhibits.  C. Delores Tucker, Secretary of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, was the major speaker. 

Talk on Hilltribes by Cornelia Kammerer

November 4, 1996

The departments of Anthropology and Sociology and the Women's Studies Program sponsored a talk by Cornelia Kammerer of Hampshire College on "Hypersexualized Hilltribes in Thai and Western Imagination" in Bosler Hall on November 4, 1996.

Social Opinion Survey of the Women's Group


The newly-formed Women's Group issued the "Social Opinion Survey" in the hopes of learning "the opinions of students concerning the social atmosphere, the academic situation, and housing" as well as "the relationships between the sexes." The Group claimed to be issuing the survey in conjunction with Dean Mary Francis Carson. Some examples of questions in the survey include:

All other things being equal, would you prefer your present dorm to be coed in some form?

Do you feel there is a set standard or pattern for relationships with the opposite sex at Dickinson?

Presidents' Council Minutes: Men Allowed in Women's Dorm!

March 20, 1963

During the Presidents' Council (Women's Interdormitory Council) meeting of March 20, 1963, residents of Sellers Hall requested permission for male visitors to be allowed in the dorm. This request was granted:

Presidents' Council Minutes: Footwear Suggestions for Women

February 6, 1963


During the Presidents' Council (Women's Interdormitory Council) meeting of February 6, 1963, women of all dorms (except, for some reason, Drayer and Metzger) were advised of what could be considered acceptable footwear for bad-weather days: 


Presidents' Council Minutes: Sportsclothes and Sweatshirts

January 9, 1963


During the Presidents' Council (Women's Interdormitory Council) meeting of January 9, 1963, it was decided to allow women to wear sweatshirts and sportsclothes to specific meals at specific times:


Presidents' Council Minutes: Propriety and Decorum Reminder

November 14, 1962


During the Presidents' Council (Women's Interdormitory Council) meeting of November 14, 1962, residents of Drayer and their (male) visitors were issued a rebuke about behavior in the dorm:


  • "Drayer Report: "Residents of Drayer and their visitors are reminded to act like ladies and gentlemen"