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Turn of the century Americans in all walks of life joined organizations of every description: professional societies, social clubs, service and charitable organizations, special interest groups, ethnic societies, and recreational and athletic clubs. College students were no exception. Women at Pitt signed up with the newspaper, competed on the Debate Team, and joined the Socialist Club and any other organization that accepted women. By 1910 Pitt women started clubs of their own, notably the Y.W.C.A., but many women seemed to prefer coed activities. After 1919, when the Dean of Women came in, "for women only" became more popular.

The First Women | How Women Fared | A New Home | College Life | Targets of Humor | Women's Space | For Women Only
Rites of Passage | Black Women | The Twelfth Floor | The War Years | Women in Sports | Coming Into the 70's


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A Winning Team
Women's basketball, organized in 1914-1915, was the first competitive sport for women. College women everywhere played basketball, an acceptable game for women students. From 1915 to 1927 Pitt had many winning seasons.


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How Women Fared
Women's Basketball team, 1915
The Pep Club, 1917
The Debate Team, 1915

The Pep Club, 1917.

The Debate Team included men and women until 1921 when women organized the Women's Debating Association.

Photo 1915
Photo 1915