In his final annual report to the Board of Visitors on June 10, 1919, W&M President Lyon G. Tyler described the “experiment” of admitting women as a success and hoped that the rights that “justly belong” to women would soon follow.
Although the 24 women admitted in September 1918 were not the first to take classes at William & Mary, they were the first afforded the opportunity to matriculate. In the one hundred years that have passed, each class of William & Mary women has worked to embrace —and change—the campus community. Justly Belongs serves to commemorate William & Mary women and acknowledge the one hundred-year journey of making William & Mary their home.
Curator: Mattie Clear '18, Summer 2018 Archives Assistant; with curatorial assistance from Carmen Bolt, Oral Historian; and Kim Sims, University Archivist.
Exhibit Design: Abram Clear '21, SCRC Graphics Student Assistant; and Jennie Davy '08, Exhibits Manager.
Fabrication and Installation: Mattie Clear; Jennie Davy; Jamie Fletcher and Daniil Eliseev, Undergraduate Student Assistants; and Kaitlyn Sisk, Digital Archivist.