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We Were Always Here: Celebrating All Women at Yale

A black and white photograph of Yale art students standing at easels paitning a live model
July 7, 2021

This online exhibition presents a chronology of the presence of women at Yale by honoring those—named and unnamed, seen and unseen—whose heroic efforts have contributed to and enriched the university. For centuries—and mostly unrecognized in supportive roles—the traces of women’s contributions to Yale can be found in a variety of sources including treasurer’s papers, payroll records, directories, diaries, travel photos, and the memoirs of others. As food service workers, telephone operators, secretaries, programmers, students, faculty, deans, administrators and more, women have always been a part of the life and history of the university. View the exhibit