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HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN FEMALE COLLEGE

AND A SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF MISS A. C. ROGERS BY MRS. ELIZA C. SMITH, 1883

The demolition soon to take place of that part of the building so long the home of the institution for which so much was hoped, seems to make this a particularly suitable time to give a permanent record of its history, before all its landmarks shall have disappeared before the relentless march of change and improvement. It was in the year 1855 that many teachers and liberal minded persons interested in the subject, began to give special thought and effort toward securing the opening of the Michigan University to women. It was discussed at different gatherings, and' at the meeting of the Teachers' State Association that year, Miss A. C. Rogers read a paper strongly urging their co-operation and personal effort in behalf of the cause. The arguments for and against the proposed change are too familiar to need more than an allusion here. Its friends and advocates maintained that the State having made such liberal provision for her sons, was guilty of great injustice in withholding the same advantages from those equally her wards and children, whose only disqualification was that of sex. At the session of the legislature of 1S57 the subject was brought up, receiving no particular encouragement. It was finally thought by those interested, that nothing could be accomplished in this direction, and they therefore decided to establish in Lansing a school for young women, in the hope that the State would take such a nucleus under its fostering care, and eventually endow at its capital a college for young women, which should afford them the same opportunities for higher education as was enjoyed by their brothers at the university in Ann Arbor. The name Michigan. Female College was given it by ardent friends rather as an earnest of what the school aimed to become, than what it really was. It was and could at first be, only a school open to pupils of all grades of advancement, but its plan was, as rapidly as possible to classify its pupils, and constantly raise the standard for admission and graduation, till it should be, as its name implied, a college for young women.

MICHIGAN HISTORY


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