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Elite male-only Harvard club starts accepting women

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The Fox Club, one of Harvard’s eight elite all-male social clubs with alumni like T.S. Eliot and Bill Gates, became the first club to officially break its gender-exclusive policy, accepting nine women to its class of new members. “This has been a long decision-making process, which has been discussed since September of last year amongst the undergraduates,” Skarzynski told The Boston Globe in an e-mail. “The decision to take concrete action was formalized by a series of undergraduate votes earlier this academic year.”

In September, another one of these clubs, The Spee Club, had announced that female students had been invited to participate in the “punch” process (similar to a fraternity’s “rush) –  but they have yet to officially announce whether any female students have been accepted. The issue of opening up these clubs to women has long been contentious at Harvard, and in recent months these final clubs — which operate independently from Harvard — had faced increasing pressure from the college to foster “a more open and gender-inclusive social environment on campus.” Skarzynski, however, argued that this did “not precipitate the decision, but rather motivated us to expedite the decision-making process.”

Read the full story at The Boston Globe.

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