Yale College in Connecticut has taken inspiration from Jesus College as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of women’s matriculation this month, marking the occasion by unveiling a commemorative stone at its Phelps Gate site, the spot where most first-year students enter Yale.

The idea was inspired by the stone which sits at the entry of Jesus College to celebrate the women who enrolled here for the first time in 1974.   It was suggested by current Yale trustee and chair of the 50th Anniversary committee Eva Rice, whose daughter attended Jesus College, and who saw the stone as a simple but powerful way to remember the first female students who attended the College. 

Yale College is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Yale University, which has welcomed female students in some of its colleges for 150 years.

This year also marks the 45th Anniversary of women joining Jesus College, and there are many exciting events planned to celebrate the occasion.