Universities: The Eli Girls

Yale men were beginning to wonder what was wrong. All around them, men's and women's colleges and universities were going coed. But the Elis just could not find a partner. Yale even offered to go steady with its old friend Vassar—and was turned down. The frustrated students on the New Haven campus decided to take the initiative away from the university administration. They organized and carried out an exercise called "Coeducation Week."

Some 700 girls from 22 Eastern colleges were invited to New Haven to live in rooms vacated by their male occupants, eat in college dining halls, attend Yale...