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Elite all-male Harvard club to admit women for the first time ever

Harvard University students walk the school’s campus in Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 10, 2013. (Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times)

The Spee Club, an exclusive all-male club at Harvard University, will be admitting women for the first time in its 163 year-history. The New York Times reported that on early Friday morning, several female students were surprised to find a formal invitation to the club slipped under their doors, as the club had voted to “welcome all genders”. “There is a strong sense that it’s an idea whose time has come, given the role of women in the classroom and the world of work after Harvard,” said John Hanson, vice president of the Spee’s graduate board.  It is the first of eight all-male “final clubs” — so named for being the last organization students would join before graduating — to admit women, after increasing pressure to do so. In an interview with the Crimson, Harvard’s student publication, the university’s president Drew Gilpin Faust had suggested that trouble with sexual assault and alcohol were related to the elite, all-male environments of these clubs, which are outside of the university’s control.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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