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Gritty Women podcast files

 Unprocessed Material — Container: ViU-2022-0056_ER001
Identifier: ViU-2022-0056

Content Description

This collection contains four episodes of the Gritty Women podcast and one file of interviews used to create the episodes. Created and produced by Giovana Benatto de Oliveira, a fourth year at the University of Virginia at the time of the production, the podcast explores the history of UVA's coeducation and the experiences of women in the first coeducational class. The podcast is divided into four episodes which examine UVA's decision to begin coeducation: the first focuses on the institutional decision-making; the second looks at the lawsuit (Kirstein v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia) and the legal landscape of the 60s/70s; the third focuses on the political and social context, and the fourth examines the experiences of the first coeducational class. Some of the individuals interviewed in the podcasts include Ernest Ern - Dean of Admission from 1967-1973, Melody Barnes - co-director for policy and public affairs at the Democracy Initiative, Anne Coughlin - professor at UVA School of Law, Barbara Lynn - alumni from first coeducational class (‘73) and the first woman to be admitted into the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, Ann Brown - alumni from first coeducational class (‘74) and Paulette Morant - alumni from first coeducational class (‘74).

Acquisition Type



Gift of Giovana Benatto de Oliveira, 26 July 2021.

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  • Creation: August 17, 2021, February 3, 2022


.953 Gigabytes (5 files (4 mp3, 1 wav))


5 files