“Resolved, That young ladies be admitted into the University on equal terms in all respects with young men”

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October 3, 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the UC Regents’ unanimous approval of  a resolution by Regent Samuel F. Butterworth: “That young ladies be admitted into the University on equal terms in all respects with young men.” The first women were admitted to the university in 1872, and the first woman, Rosa Scrivner, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture in 1874. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of women have graduated from UC Berkeley, and thousands of staff, faculty, and friends of the campus have made immeasurable contributions to our campus and beyond. On this website you will find information about celebratory events as well as activities aimed at compiling a comprehensive archive of historical information covering the last 150 years of the university. This website is also a portal for you to make your own contributions to this commemoration. Welcome to the celebration! 

Message from the 150W Executive Committee:

150W Black Lives Matter logoThe 150W project announces a new version of the 150W logo featuring "Black Lives Matter". 150W is, in part, a celebration of the contributions of women over the history of UC Berkeley. That includes celebrating a number of incredible, remarkable, Black and brown women. But that number is not nearly what it could or should be. 150W is also a history project. Any history of UC Berkeley includes the honest and painful recognition that societal and institutional racism excluded so many women from the UC student body, staff, and professoriate, and put obstacles in their paths every step of the way. We grieve this oppression. It has caused tremendous loss and pain to individuals, to UC, to society. At 150W, the stories of Black women's lives matter. We are committed to lifting up those stories, as well as to shining an honest light on the places where those stories are grievously absent, due to oppression that as a society we have not yet addressed.

New!

Check out the latest addition to the 150W History project: a new departmental website from the Psychology department! To see more departmental histories of the contributions of women to UC Berkeley, we invite you to explore the departmental history section of the 150W History Project website.