1846
1846

The Auburn Female College (later the Auburn Masonic Female College) is built as a separate school for women

Auburn Female College Langdon Hall

The original home of Langdon Hall, the largest auditorium in East Alabama in 1853.

1856
1856

The Alabama Methodist Conference founds East Alabama Male College

East Alabama Male College Old Photo

1866
1866

The East Alabama Male College reopens after the end of the Civil War

James Ferguson Dowdell 1866

1884
1884

Dr. William LeRoy Broun persuades the Board of Trustees to consider allowing women to matriculate

William Leroy Broun

Not full co-education, but only that “in a limited way” the “privilege be given to qualified young women to enjoy the advantages of instruction at Auburn.

1892
1892

THE FIRST THREE WOMEN COME TO AUBURN

Willie Little Katie Broun and Maragret Teague

1892

Women at Auburn 1892 – 1900

Auburn men and women of the late 1890s posing for a picture.

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1893
1893

Dr. Broun reports that Auburn’s success was widely published in the state

Early 1900 faculty photo

Broun noted that the girls had proved “their ability successfully to cope with the best of their male competitors, and in some instances to obtain the mastery over them.” All..Read More

1894
1894

For the first time ever, women graduate from Auburn with “degrees and all honors.”

Willie Little Katie Broun and Maragret Teague

Click the title to read “Women at Auburn 1900 – 1940.”

1895
1895

Kate Broun becomes the first woman to receive a graduate degree from Auburn

FIRST Auburn Woman to receive a graduate degree

1896
1896

Willie Little ’94 marries George S. Clark ’92, the first marriage between Auburn grads

willie little and george clark

Click the title to read “Willie Little and 5 Generations at Auburn.”

1896

Auburn has a total female enrollment of 13 in a class of 361 (3.6 percent)

3.6 percent female enrollment

1896

The Websterian Literary Society, formally an exclusively male club, admits women for the first time

illustration of girl laying down writing

1907
1907

Class enrollment included 11% women

10 out of 87 classmates are women

In 1907 10 out of 87 students were women.

1907

7 women unexpectedly take the field during halftime of the Auburn – Clemson football game as unofficial cheerleaders, “inspiring” the team to a 12-0 victory

First unnoficial cheerleaders inspire a 12-0 victory over clemson

1911
1911

Lucy Richards ‘11 becomes the first woman to graduate with a degree in Pharmacy

Lucy Carolina Richards Pharmacy

1915
1915

Basketball is the first sport for women at Auburn

Click the title to read “A Brief History on Women’s Basketball.”

1915

The first Auburn Women’s Tennis team is created

First Women's Tennis team with raquets

From the 1915 Glomerata: In Tennis, as well as basketball, our Co-eds have been greatly interested this year. The Club comprises most of the girls in college. From left to..Read More

1916
1916

Sarah Evelyn Moore is the only woman in the class of 1916, Auburn’s lowest female enrollment since 1891

1916 Sarah Evelyn Moore graduating

1918
1918

Ester Thompson graduates with a degree in Chemistry-Metallurgy, is possibly the first female engineering grad

1918 Esther Thompson First Female engineering grad

1920
1920

Auburn Women’s Basketball defeats Georgia in the first intercollegiate matchup

1920 female basketball team

Click the title to read about team captain “Cutie” Brown Lee ’26.

1922
1922

The Women’s Student Government Association is organized

Womens SGA inaugural class group photo

Formed for 67 women in a class of 1,295, the WSGA was created to improve women’s conditions on campus.

1922

Kappa Delta, A.P.I.’s first Sorority, is founded

KD first Sorority Glom photo

1923
1923

Agnes Ellen Harris becomes Auburn’s first Dean of Women

Agnes Ellen Harris 1923 first dean of women

1923

Gladys McCain – First Woman to Graduate in Home Economics

Gladys McCain first woman to graduate in home ec

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1924
1924

Smith Hall is converted into the first dormitory for women, affectionately called “the Zoo”

Smith Hall with cars in front

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1928
1928

Dorothy Duggar ’28 is the first woman to graduate with a degree in Architecture

First Female Architecture Grad Dorothy Duggar

1929
1929

Martha Haupt is voted “Miss Personality Plus,” believed to be the forerunner of Miss Auburn

Martha Haupt Miss Personality Plus

Rather than win a scholarship, the recipient received the leading role in the school play.

1933
1933

Four new Women’s dorms, known as “the Quad,” are built as part of several Public Works Administration projects obtained by President Duncan

photo of the quad with samford in the background

Click the title to read “Home Away From Home.”

1935
1935

Coeds enjoy Ladies’ Riding Club sponsored by the Military Department

Woman Riding Horse with Description

1940
1940

The First 3 AU women return to campus for the dedication of the new Women’s Quadrangle Dorms

3 older ladies standing on porch

Dedication-day ceremonies included a luncheon for Kate Teague Hagler, Willie Gertrude Little Clark and Katherine Conway Broun Fulgham. The dorms featured private baths between rooms, but the mirrors had not..Read More

1943
1943

Auburn women during WWII

Helen Leslie old photo

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1944
1944

For the first time ever, there are more women (904) enrolled at A.P.I. than men (864)

Women outnumber men for the first time

There were 3,152 men participating in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) and Naval radio and Aviation Training, though, keeping the ratio of men to women high.

1944

Shirley Smith becomes the first female editor of the Plainsman, Jean Woodham ‘46 becomes the first coed to edit the Glomerata

jean Woodham Glom Cover

Click the title to read about Jean Woodham.

1944

“Tutter” Thrasher became the first woman president of a senior class

Tutter Thrasher on bike

1944

Lucille Dimmerling ’44 is the first female veterinary medicine graduate

Dimmerling Headshot

1946
1946

Katherine Cooper Cater arrives at A.P.I. as the new Dean of Women

Cater and foy on bike

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1950
1950

Auburn Memory: Harvilee Harbarger ’53

Harvilee and group

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1953
1953

Leah Rawls Atkins ’58 wins World Water Skiing Championship in Toronto

Leah Rawls Atkins wins water skiing championship

1957
1957

Several Auburn Football players are caught during a panty raid in a women’s dorm and are expelled

Photo of a panty raid

Halfback Lloyd Nix is moved to quarterback. The ensuing punishment bonds the team and coaches together, directly leading to the 1957 National Championship.

1961
1961

Auburn Memory: Defying the Klan: JANIE FORSYTH MCKINNEY ’70

freedom-riders Bus on Fire

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1964
1964

Auburn desegregates for the first time in its 100+ year history

Desegregation 1964

Click the title to listen to interviews with Harold Franklin, the first African American student.

1966
1966

Josetta Brittain Matthews becomes the first African-American woman to graduate from Auburn

1966 Josetta Brittain Matthews first black graduate

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1966

Auburn Memory: Teresa “Terry” Rodriguez ’69

Terry and Milo

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1969
1969

Auburn Women’s Gymnastics

Gymnastics Wins Championship

1969

Auburn Memory: Nelda Lee ’69

Nelda Lee '69, the only woman in Aeronautical Engineering

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1970
1970

At the end of “Strike Day,” students outside the presidents’ house rouse President Philpott from his sleep to demand immediate action on women’s rules, including fewer dorm restrictions

Strike day, women with president

Click the heading to read more about women’s rights on Auburn’s campus.

1972
1972

Title IX of the Education Act is enacted, spelling the end of the “Co-Etiquette” rules at Auburn

women marching for title ix rights

1972

Auburn Memory: Sophia Bracy Harris ’72

Sophia Bracy, 1971

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1974
1974

First Women’s Swim Team Forms

Lisa Ross and first swim team

Click the title to read the story of Lisa Ross ’76, one of the inaugural co-captains.

1974

Delta Sigma Theta, Auburn’s first black sorority, arrives on campus

Group of Delta Sigmas getting their papers

1974

Leah Rawls Atkins ’58 earns a Ph.D. in History from Auburn

Leah Rawls Atkins first to get PHD in history

Atkins is the first man or woman at Auburn to do so.

1975
1975

Dr. Sue Fincher becomes the first woman named to the Auburn Board of Trustees after appointment by Governor George Wallace

Sue Fincher tailgating with friends

1975

Marianne Merritt ’79 is the first woman to earn a basketball scholarship to Auburn

Merritt making a basket

Merritt was voted twice to the Coaches’ Top-20 team in the South and represented Auburn in the 2003 class of Women’s SEC Basketball Greats.

1976
1976

No more curfew for Auburn women

Women in front of train shed

The Board of Trustees abolishes all curfews at women’s dorms, authorizes a plan for coed visitations in response to possible Title IX violations.

1976

Dr. Joanna Davenport is hired as the first full-time Women’s Athletic Director

Lady Running cross country

Auburn Women compete in eight sports for the first time: basketball, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

1976

Auburn Memory: Auburn Women in Engineering

Olivia Owen testing for engineering

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1976

Auburn Memory: Tigerettes

Katherine Pittman '12

click link to read about the first Auburn Tigerettes. 

1978
1978

Auburn Memory: Viki Woerner ’82 Friend of Aubie

Viki Woerner Aubie 4

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1979
1979

Susan Karamanian ’79 is the first female Rhodes Scholar chosen from Auburn

Karamanian Rhodes Scholar

Karamanian, named the outstanding student in economics, also played on the golf team. After earning a degree at Oxford in philosophy, politics and an economics and a law degree from..Read More

1984
1984

Reita Clanton, 3 sport athlete at Auburn, becomes an olympian in team handball

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1985
1985

Dr. Pat H. Barnes becomes the first female Vice President for Student Affairs

1986 Administration

This is the first time that a woman has held a VP Position at Auburn.

1986
1986

Auburn’s first female NCAA champion in track and field

Rosalind Pendergraft Auburn's first female NCAA champion in track and field

1988
1988

Cindy Holland ‘88 becomes the first woman elected President of the Student Government Association

1988 Cindy Holland first female SGA president

1989
1989

Astronaut Kathryn Thornton becomes the first Auburn alumna in space

kathryn thornton NASA official photo

1991
1991

171 Women are enrolled in veterinary medicine

171 women

1993
1993

Auburn Women’s Gymnastics reaches the super six for the first time

Women's Gymnastics- 1993 Super Six

Auburn Women’s Gymnastics wins the National Invitational Tournament Title, the first national athletic championship of any kind for Auburn women.

1993

Vania Clemons of Mobile is crowned the first black “Miss Auburn”

Viana Clemens Miss Auburn Spread Glom

1996
1996

Women’s Volleyball ties for 1st in the SEC West

Click the title to read Jaunelle White’s story, one of the Tiger’s top players.

1996

After winning the first Women’s Golf SEC Championship in 1989, the team goes on to win in ’96, ’00, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’09, ’11 and ’12

Women's Golf SEC Champions-1996

1997
1997

Auburn Softball’s inaugural season

1997 Auburn Softball takes the field

Click to read the story of an Auburn Softball charter member Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson.

1999
1999

Danyelle Hillman ’99 First African-American Cheerleader

Danyelle Hillman First African-American Cheerleader

2000
2000

Sarah Wentworth wins SEC Gymnast of the Year

SEC Gymnast of the year

Click the title to read “How Could I Not Go? — Sarah Wentworth’s Journey.”

2002
2002

Auburn Women’s Swimming & Diving wins the first of its 5 NCAA National Titles under Coach David Marsh

Womens Championship team rolling

Click the title to read former Auburn swimmer Maggie Bowen’s story.

2004
2004

Margaret Hoelzer swims the 200-meter backstroke in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece

margaret hoelzer with her medal

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2006
2006

The Auburn Equestrian team wins its first Varsity Equestrian Overall National Championship

2006 Equestrian National Champs at Toomer Corner

The first of four national titles.

2006

Auburn Track & Field win a National Championship

06 National Champs with their trophy

2008
2008

Kerron Stewart ’07 wins Bronze in the 2008 Olympic Games

Kerron Stewart

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2009
2009

Auburn Women’s Basketball clinches the SEC Conference Title at home with a win over Tennessee

Basketball SEC Title

Click the title to read  “You Learn To Take Care Of Each Other — DeWanna Bonner.”

2011
2011

Women’s Soccer wins the SEC Tournament Championship

Womens Soccer Wins 2011 SEC title

Click the title to read former Tiger Katy Freels’ story.

2015
2015

Auburn Softball reaches the first of two consecutive NCAA Women’s College World Series

softball players home run

2016
2016

Auburn Softball

Kasey cooper back to back SEC scholar athlete

2017
2017

Auburn competes in 2017 Air Race Classic

Air Race Classic Competitors

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2017

FORMER AUBURN GOLFER CYDNEY CLANTON SHINES ON LPGA TOUR

LPGA Tour Cydney

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