According to the Register of Alumnae and Former Students of Bryn Mawr College for 1912:

2,884 students have attended Bryn Mawr College.

The total number of degrees conferred by the college is 1,272

·         45 Doctors of Philosophy,

o   46.6 per cent are teaching in colleges

o   15.5 per cent teaching in schools

o   2 Deans of colleges

o   1 adviser of women in a university

o   2 engaged in research

·         92 Masters of Arts

o   13 per cent teaching in colleges

o   33.7 per cent are teaching in schools

·         1,135 Bachelors of Arts.

o   3 per cent are teaching in colleges

o   20 per cent are teaching in schools

o   28.4 are married and have no paid occupation

o   1.6 per cent are married and have some occupation (30% married total)

o   28.3 per cent unmarried and have no paid occupation

o   1 percent physicians

o   0.5 per cent lawyers

o   1.5 per cent secretaries

o   3.4 per cent engaged in philanthropic work.

To Light Her Through the Mazes of the College Course

Bryn Mawr’s in the New York Times, 1912:

"Lantern night, another function of the first semester, must not be forgotten when in the dim picturesqueness of the moonlit cloister garden of the library the sophomores march in, singing a Greek song, “Pallas Athene,” and hand to each freshman a lighted lantern, to light her through the mazes of the college course."

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"The Too Feminine Atmosphere"

New York Times on Bryn Mawr College, 1912: “the situation near Philadelphia where concerts, picture exhibitions, the theater, and the opera are at hand for a relief from work and the too feminine atmosphere, if it at any time weighs on a student’s spirits, is another asset of Bryn Mawr.” … “the students have all the advantages of a big city close at hand, while having country life at their door. There is little question that the country life is the most enjoyed.”

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Daily life at #BrynMawrCollege in 1912, according to the #NewYorkTimes: it begins with chapel at 8:45 am, and ends with a swim before bed. And it’s a good thing Philadelphia is there for some “relief from work and the too feminine atmosphere,” which sometimes “weighs on a student’s spirits.”

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March 10, 1912 article in the New York Times: “Bryn Mawr Girls Tell Why they Chose This School in Preference to Others: How They Study and Play”

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1988 and 2014: Mawrtyrs share microaggressions and experiences of prejudice. (2014 image via

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Microaggressions at the Mawr: experiences of prejudice on campus from a 1988 petition from the Minority Coalition to the Bryn Mawr administration.

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The book, published in 1942, is an account of their wild and hilarious trip to Europe when they were fresh out of Bryn Mawr. The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1944, a play dramatized by Jean Kerr, and a short-lived TV show as well. Throughout this process, the book and movie stayed close to their Bryn Mawr roots, with Paramount holding a special Philadelphia premiere of the movie for the Bryn Mawr College Special Scholarship Fund. Special Collections has the program for this premiere, which provides a great glimpse of Bryn Mawr in the 1940’s, as well as the strong associations between Our Hearts Were Young and Gay and the college.

—Zoe Fox, Bryn Mawr College Class of 2014