‘Keep the Damned Women Out’ – Fifty years of coeducation at American colleges

Coeducation was a means to shore up a first-rate student body. It was not the result of a high-minded moral commitment to educate women. It was about what women could do for previously all-male colleges — how women could help elite universities renew their hold on the “best boys.” Women, in short, were there to improve the experience of men.

From ‘Keep the Damned Women Out’ – The Chronicle of Higher Education