Many men were none too thrilled by the impending influx of “Bronkettes” on campus in the fall of 1961. “TRADITION SHATTERED” screamed the front page of The Santa Clara of the decision by University President Patrick Donohoe, S.J. to admit women to SCU after 110 years as an all-male institution. In celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first women enrolling here, we trace all the things they’ve since shattered—traditions and glass ceilings, alike.
“Men’s colleges have a flavor of distinction about them that is most difficult to achieve in a coeducational institution,” wrote The Santa Clara editorial board.
“There is no virtue in age, or tradition itself. There is no virtue in an exclusive school for men for that reason,” Fr. Donohoe told The Santa Clara reporters, defending his decision to admit women against outcry and concern that they would disrupt Jesuit tradition.