PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY
Reflecting on the Early Years of Coeducation
First Exeter Women :
The Early Classes Go On The Record
Classes of 1971-1976
OUR REPORT IS READY!
Thank you to all who responded to the survey - your stories are the heart of this report - and to all who are interested to read about the experiences of the First Exeter Women. You'll find statistical analyses of the data and vivid voices and stories of how we faced challenges, adapted, and in doing so changed ourselves and the school. You'll read about voracious appetites for learning, affection for fellow students and teachers, appreciation for athletic and other extracurricular activities, as well as the exuberant recollections of adolescence. It wasn't all wonderful, of course, and there are stories of personal struggle that will resonate with readers.We hope the report will prompt greater reflection on the history and the future of the school.
You will find the report HERE.
Women graduates of the Classes of 1971-1976, you can still participate. If you did not fill out the survey yet, it will be open until December 31, 2022, and your answers will be donated to the Academy Archives as part of the project.
You can review the survey before deciding to participate by going to this link: Read Only Survey Questions. The survey can be completed in one sitting or by repeated visits to the site.
If you wish to keep a copy of your responses, you can print out the pages of the survey which you have completed. There are more complete instructions about printing a copy once you reach the survey.
The stories and reminiscences that this project captures will be the first significant material about girls and women in the Academy Archives. We ask you to give FEW permission to use and quote your responses by signing a "Permission and License" before proceeding to the survey. See the box and link below, "License, Use and Donation of Survey Responses".
Many people were generous with their time, opinions and expertise. We want to thank Kris Christine '73, Ellen Fowler '72, Iris Gowen '72, Judy Hall '73, Laurie Hayes '75, Karen Lavine '73, Myra Jones '74, Nancy Wilder '75, Juliet Kostritsky '72, Aaron Perzanowski and Kent Newman '72.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the survey authors listed below.
The Survey sections are:
Section 1: Your Profile Then and Now
Section 2: Getting to Exeter
Section 3: Classroom Experience
Section 4: Dorm and Day Student Life
Section 5: Athletics
Section 6: Extracurriculars
Section 7: Social Life
Section 8: Health and Well-being
Section 9: After Exeter
Section 10: Additional comments
License, Use and Donation of Survey Responses
Our goal with this project is to collect and preserve information and reminiscences from the first female students at Exeter. We may also produce a report, article or book, and your responses may be quoted. When we have completed this, our intention is to donate the survey responses to the Academy Archives. The Academy archivist will determine access to and use of the material.
We ask you to give FEW permission to use your responses by electronically signing a "Permission and License" before proceeding to the survey. There is a link to the form below.
Beth Harrison Hadley '73
Jane Feldman '74
Alexandra Bowie '75
We've made some videos to encourage you to dive right into the survey ...