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Women on the Hill

Wonder Woodard

January 6, 1981

In the opening moments of a home game against Stephen F. Austin University, KU women’s basketball phenom Lynette Woodard sinks a shot from the top of the key that gives her a total of 3,206 career points and moves her into sole possession of the AIAW career scoring record.

Sisters Act

February 4, 1972

A women’s advocacy group calling themselves the February Sisters occupy the East Asian Studies building in an effort to win concessions from the University.

Gather Together

January 12, 1922

The Young Women’s Christian Association acquires Henley House, which will become a “gathering place” for KU women and the scene of an “experiment” in integrated undergraduate student housing.

Carrie Watson

Madam Librarian

March 29, 1972

KU celebrates Carrie Watson Day, honoring the University’s first and longest-serving professional librarian.

The Queen Is Dead

November 7, 1969

In what will be the final crowning of a Homecoming Queen, KU awards the tiara to Janet Merrick, a senior from Johnson County.

The Unmentionables

Night Moves

May 20, 1952

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate KU men engage in the largest panty raid in the University’s history.

Woman With A Mission

February 1, 1949

E. Jean Hill takes on the goal of gaining accreditation for the baccalaureate program in nursing at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

A Short Stay for Tipperary

August 16, 1946

KU formally announces that the Kappa Sigma fraternity house will cease its temporary wartime function as a women’s dormitory known as Tipperary Hall.

“It’ll Be A Beautiful Sight”

September 22, 1938

Genevieve Harman, whose undergraduate efforts on behalf of housing cooperatives will result in a KU women’s co-op residence being named in her honor, albeit with the occasional misspelling, begins her first day of classes.

KU’s “Fairy Godmother”

September 14, 1926

Elizabeth M. Watkins begins building her philanthropic legacy to the University of Kansas with the opening of Watkins Scholarship Hall, named in honor of her late husband.