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The 1960s were a time of great cultural, social and political unrest. Despite its conservative reputation, Washington and Lee University, a small, all-male liberal arts college in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, did not escape the decade's upheavals. From debates over desegregation and black power, to curricular changes, to coeducation, the sexual revolution, and the student movement to stop the War in Vietnam, W&L's faculty, staff and student body participated in and contributed to the 1960s.
The Movement Culture was a period of time, concentrated mainly in the 1960s and 1970s when many movements, such as the Student Movement and Women's Rights Movement, kicked into high gear. This culture created many changes in American society, one of the most important being the turn to coeducation by our nations most prestigous universities.
In this exhibit, I will demonstrate how both the Student Movement and Women's Rights Movement were catalysts of the switch to coeducation. I will highlight some of the institutions that made this transition at different times and I will decode some of the reasons behind the delay to move forward and admit women at one of the latest institutions to become coeducational, Washington and Lee University.