As a strong proponent of women’s rights in 1917, Carrie Pollitzer and other members of the Federation of Women’s Clubs petitioned the College of Charleston to admit women. She was informed that a women’s lounge and a matron would be required if women attended the College of Charleston. Hearing that, Carrie secured the funds to pay for both. The College opened its doors to women the following year.

Among the highlights of the Year of Women programming is a two-part exhibit, curated by the Office of Alumni Affairs, that showcases photographs, documents and paraphernalia connected with noteworthy CofC women and events spanning the past 100 years. The exhibit is on display Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of Towell Library, located off Cistern Yard on the College of Charleston campus. The first part of the exhibit titled, “The First Fifty Years of Women at the College of Charleston,” encompasses 1918 through 1968 and is currently on view and will continue through Feb. 14, 2019.


College of Charleston public health professor Leslie Hart ’03 (M.E.S) researches how personal care products expose both students and dolphins to a chemical associated with reproductive problems.

Before coming to the College, Cecilia McGuinn attended the Charleston County School of the Arts, where she was chosen to play as a violinist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of a touring band, Logan & the Kidders, whose recently recorded album will be released soon.

The College is celebrating the 2018-2019 academic year as the “Year of Women.” Throughout the year, the College will host a series of events, speakers, seminars and more to commemorate this anniversary. The events are designed to encourage dialogue about the admission and history of women students at the College, including black women’s admission nearly 50 years after white women, and to highlight their many contributions over the last 100 years.