celebrating 50 years of women at SYA
Nixon was president. People flocked to see Love Story. IBM introduced the floppy disk. That Girl was the number one TV show and “Layla” was ubiquitous on the radio. The median household income was $8,734. The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series. It was 1970, and Schoolboys Abroad changed its name to School Year Abroad during the historic moment when 13 female students enrolled at SYA Spain. This unprecedented move toward coeducation signaled a sweeping evolution at SYA. This moment opened doors to a lifetime of possibility and change for women, one that continues to evolve and show promise. SYA admitted women to our campus in Rennes the following year. The rest is HERstory.
Beginning this Founder's Day, September 9, 2020, we commemorate this historic moment with a year-long celebration of virtual programming and stories. Throughout the year we will invite the participation of alumnae/i, faculty, staff, students and parents as we honor the influence and contributions of women to SYA's past, present and future.
Celebrating our Coeducation Trailblazers:
A Round Table Discussion with Some of the First Women of SYA
Meet some of the first women of SYA. Go back with them to Spain and France in the early 70s and hear about their experiences as Schoolboys Abroad admitted its first female students. Moderated by Allison Temple Bacon ES'81, Trustee
Take a look back to 2012 when we featured six of the original 13 in a retrospective on the 40th year of coeducation.
These women, representing a small sample of the thousands of alumnae, faculty, administration and staff, will discuss their experiences and how SYA helped shape their lives and careers.
Share your story by answering a few short questions!
A timeline highlighting female firsts at SYA culled from archival records.