But the bathrooms received the most attention: not only were they repainted, the lighting was upgraded and shelves and mirrors were added. Elga Wasserman (JD 1976), then Special Assistant to the President on the Education of Women, later stated: “What I think was very obvious is that the men were imposing their ideas of what women needed and there was very little ability to listen to women students. I mean after all there were women students in the graduate school and in the law school. The first thing I did when the women were here was to have a regular meeting with representatives from all of the colleges just to find out what it is they cared about and it didn’t turn out to be full length mirrors.”
Today, Vanderbilt, the other Old Campus dorms, and the residential colleges all house just-about-equal populations of females and males. Extra security measures continue to be observed for the women, such as the stipulation that every first floor of Old Campus be occupied by male students.
To hear Eve Rice, Joan Winant, and Elga Wasserman in their own words, download the audio-guided tour. Also on the audio-guided tour, Sam Chauncey tells a humorous story about himself and President Brewster on the first day of coeducation in 1969.