Over half of the women’s colleges in the U.S. have policies that let male or female transgenders attend.
Out of the 39 women’s colleges in America, 22 colleges let in transgenders, 3 are working on their policies, and 10 do not admit transgenders. The remaining schools do not have published policies.
“The whole point of a women’s college is providing a space for those of marginalized gender identities to be educated in an environment that’s more productive and safer,” an anonymous non-binary student at Bryn Mawr College told The Daily Tar Heel.
“Part of being a lifelong learner, part of being a college student and part of being a college professor is to continue to grow and to learn and to see how to look at the world and how we look at each other today might be different than the way we did years ago,” interim provost and vice president at Bennett College, Steve Willis, said in agreement.
“Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world,” college President Mary Campbell wrote in a Sept. 5 letter to the community notifying them of the new transgender acceptance policies, according to Vox. (Related: Black Women’s College To Accept Transgenders In Fall 2018).
“They want a space that’s safer or that supports women more so than a traditional college might,” Devin Lentz, director of the Transgender Initiative at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, said in an interview according to the Daily Tar Heel. He explained why transgenders want to attend all women’s colleges. “We are depressed because of our gender as much as cisgender women are — and basically we need all the help we can get because we’re in a fairly difficult situation,” Lentz added.
Some colleges have been hesitant to implement more progressive policies however.
“Alums are going to feel less compelled to donate money because they feel like they’re not donating money to the institution they attended and that they benefited from,” an anonymous Bryn Mawr student said, explaining the reasons that some institutions may not embrace transgender admittance.
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