This photograph is a group picture of early female students of both Dickinson College and the Preparatory School from circa 1887. The women included in this picture are Zatae Longsdorff '87, Mary Curran '88, Hildegarde Longsdorff '88, Elizabeth Bender '88, Mary Evans '89, Alice Kronenberg '89, Mary Himes '89, Jennie Taylor '89, Jessica Longsdorff '91, Elizabeth Low '91, Lenora Whiting '91, Wilhemina Scarborough '91, and Sarah Yocum '91.
Alice Kronenberg is featured in the April 1888 Dickinsonian as discussing the benefits of women's suffrage. She speaks out against the evils of gossip, blaming women's inability to participate in politics for the reason why she participates in gossip. If she was engaging in politics, her mind would be "occupied with the weighty affairs of state [and] would further elevate her race." She hopes that once the positive results from allowing women into politics is realized, they will "move the passage of a woman's suffrage bill without delay."
Published in the 1890 Microcosm, â€œCo-Educationâ€ describes the introduction of coeducation at Dickinson College. Â The author of the piece asserts that coeducation at Dickinson was a direct result of the Methodist influence at the school and womenâ€™s participation within that church.Â Thus, female students were accepted to the college on the same terms and with the same privileges of their male counterparts. Moreover, the author of the piece adds that the women at Dickinson contributed Â to the beauty of the campus.