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Coeducation at Berkshire

In the fall of 1969, nine female students were pioneers in what then-Headmaster John Godman called the “Berkshire experiment.” This year, Berkshire celebrates the 50th anniversary of coeducation under the Mountain by honoring the contributions and achievements that young women made, and continue to make, in our commitment to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. While acknowledging the past, we also look to the future to illuminate ways the School will approach and embrace its next 50 years of coeducation.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

ALL-SCHOOL READ
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Berkshire welcomes Gina Barreca, author of "Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-education in the Ivy League," to help kick-off the 2019 All-School Read. Barreca will discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her visit comes as students and faculty read this year's ASR—"We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie.


 

COEDUCATION KICK-OFF EVENT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

The school community will gather in Allen Theater to hear an informal panel consisting of current students, several of the first nine female students, a couple of their contemporary male classmates, and some of the pioneering first female teachers. The panel will be moderated by former faculty member Nancy Duryee-Aas who taught at Berkshire from 1970-2006.


 

ANNE ALLEN BUCK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
SPRING 2020

In honor of Anne Allen Buck's many contributions to Berkshire, and looking forward to the future, the School will host a women’s leadership summit, bringing together alumni, faculty, staff, and students, to take part in speakers, discussion sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities for the students.


 

REUNION WEEKEND
SUMMER 2020

Berkshire students enrolled in the inaugural history elective Leadership: Politics and Society which will spend the fall semester examining the revolutionary nature of female leadership across time and cultures. As a culmination of the class, the students will design a signature experience for alumni participating in Reunion Weekend 2020. 

REUNION WEEKEND 2020


 

ALUMNI ART EXHIBIT
FEATURING MICHELE ROBINS '73

Berkshire alumna Michele Robins '73 will exhibit her work at The Warren Family Gallery, located in the Kennard Fine Arts Center. Please check back for more information about the upcoming reception.

ARTIST MICHELE ROBINS '73

Female Firsts

Anne Allen Buck, who founded Berkshire School with her husband, Seaver Buck, laid the groundwork for strong female leadership in many ways, not least of all was her active membership on the School’s Board of Trustees from 1919–1945. Mrs. Buck and these, her fellow pioneers, paved the way for the future successes of so many who would follow in their footsteps.

This coeducation section reflects highlights of Berkshire School’s history culled from our archives and school publications. If you would like to share more information with us about coeducation, please contact us at communications@berkshireschool.org.

 

 

The Sky's The Limit

This fall marks 50 years of coeducation at Berkshire, and since then, alumnae have gone on to push the envelope, push for equality, and push themselves to achieve big goals—even as the glass ceiling, chipped as it is, still looms overhead. Below you can read about some of our graduates who are ascending and excelling in their fields.

Carolyn Crimi '78

Berkshire School alum Carolyn Crimi '78

Carolyn Crimi '78's first middle-grade novel, Weird Little Robots, will be published by Candlewick Press on October 1.

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E.V. Day '86

Artist E.V. Day '86 has received numerous awards for her work, which has been exhibited in some of the world’s leading art venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

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Lauren Hynek '96

Screenwriter Lauren Hynek '96 has joined up with Elizabeth Martin to write a live-action adaptation of Disney's Mulan, the 1998 animated film about a young woman who disguises herself as a male warrior.

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Jillian Hooper Joseph '97

Jillian Hooper Joseph '97 is the managing director and associate general counsel at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), where she's made it her mission to help elevate communities through real estate investments.

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Natalie Hooper '01

Combining her passion for real estate and sport, Natalie Hooper '01 joined Nike in 2015 and has helped the company grow.

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Hannah Cooke '14

Hannah Cooke ’14 founded Bowdoin College’s Athletes of Color Coalition—and she’s just warming up.

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