|1794||Bowdoin College founded.|
|1833||Oberlin College becomes first college in the United States to admit women.|
|1862||Mary Jane Patterson is the first Black woman to receive a college degree in the United States.|
|1871||Joshua Chamberlain proposes coeducation at Bowdoin in his Inaugural Address.|
|1876||Seven of the twenty-seven students at Bowdoin’s Summer Science Institute are women.|
|1891||Mary Sophia and Harriet Sarah Walker donate a building “exclusively for art purposes” in memory of their uncle.|
|1901||Sarah Orne Jewett is the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Bowdoin, for her work as a writer; the College will grant twenty-three honorary degrees to women before the introduction of coeducation.|
|1922||Kate Douglas Wiggin, Bowdoin’s second woman honorary degree recipient, founds the Society of Bowdoin Women.|
|1943||During World War II, Bowdoin hires Marion C. Holmes to teach mathematics and Ruth Y. Yeaton and Marguerite D. Little to teach meteorology in a specialized military training program.|
|1962||Bernice S. Engler and Carolyn M. Mann become the first women to be awarded earned degrees through Bowdoin. They both receive a master of arts degree through the Mathematics Institute program supported by the National Science Foundation.|
|1969||The Twelve College Exchange Program brings the first women full-time students to Bowdoin.|
The Report of the Study Committee on Underclass Environment (the Pierce Report) recommends implementing coeducation.
|1971||Susan Jacobson becomes the first woman to graduate from Bowdoin. |
Seventy transfer and sixty-five first-year women matriculate in the first coed class.
Bowdoin’s first women’s sports event is a field hockey game with coached by Sally LaPointe.
|1972||Patricia A. (Barney) Geller ‘75 becomes the first woman president of a fraternity in the United States Bowdoin Women’s Association is established.|
The College hires Helen Cafferty as the first woman faculty member to go through the ranks: from assistant to associate to full professor.
|1973||Sociology professor Matilda White Riley is the first woman to become a full professor.|
Rosalyne Spindel Bernstein becomes the first woman elected to the Board of Overseers.
|1975||Saddie Smith, one of the first Black women students at Bowdoin, graduates with the first class of women to complete four years.|
|1976||Bowdoin’s first all-women a cappella group, Miscellania, created.|
|1977||First women’s studies class offered, through German department.|
|1980||Bowdoin opens the Women’s Resource Center at 24 College Street.|
|1983||Bowdoin’s first and only all-women fraternity, Alpha Beta Phi, is founded.|
|1985||Joan Benoit (Samuelson) ’79 receives the Bowdoin Prize, first and only woman to be awarded the prize since its inception in 1933.|
|1988||Women’s studies minor established.|
|1989||Mariko Onuki and Miyako Satoh become two of the first Asian women professors at Bowdoin.|
|1992||Women’s studies major established.|
|1994||The original alma mater, titled “Rise Sons of Bowdoin,” is changed to “Raise Songs to Bowdoin” with new gender-neutral lyrics “our nurturer and friend” replacing “a nurturer of men.” Anthony Antolini ’63, the chorus director, proposed these changes which the Alumni Council voted unanimously to approve.|
|1997||The Women’s Resource Center begins sponsoring annual performances of Eve Enseler’s play The Vagina Monologues which details the many experiences of being a woman.|
|2002||Professors Kristen Ghodsee and Jennifer Scanlon are hired as first faculty members appointed full-time to Women’s Studies Program.|
|2005||Women’s Studies Program changes name to Gender and Women’s Studies Program.|
|2007||Women’s field hockey team first Bowdoin team to win NCAA National Championship.|
|2011||Kelly Fayard, assistant professor of Anthropology, becomes the first woman Native American hired.|
|2015||The Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Education is officially established.|
|2017||The Women’s Resource Center and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity combine and form the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center (SWAG).|
Inspired by The Vagina Monologues, students produce the first performance of RISE: Untold Stories of Bowdoin Women.
The Free Flow Initiative provides menstruation products in campus bathrooms.
Second floor women’s bathroom in Smith Union is converted to a gender-inclusive bathroom.
|2019||The Lived Name Initiative launches.|
|2021||Bowdoin celebrates fifty years of women’s admittance at the College.|