A Question About The Ivy League and The Seven Sisters

The full list of Ivy League schools includes Yale UniversityHarvard UniversityUniversity of PennsylvaniaBrown UniversityPrinceton UniversityColumbia UniversityDartmouth College, and Cornell University

Founded in the mid to late 19th century,  seven women's colleges in the Northeast of the United States have been called the Seven Sisters. Like the Ivy League (originally men's colleges), to which they were considered a parallel, the Seven Sisters have had a reputation of being top-notch and elite.

The colleges were founded to promote education for women that would be at an equal level to the education offered to men.

All seven schools were founded between 1837 and 1889. Four are in Massachusetts, two are in New York, and one is in Pennsylvania.

The name "Seven Sisters" came into use officially with the 1926 Seven College Conference, which was aimed at organizing common fund-raising for the colleges.

The title "Seven Sisters" also alludes to the Pleiades, seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the nymph Pleione in Greek myth. A cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus is also called the Pleiades or Seven Sisters.

Of the seven colleges, four still function as independent, private women's colleges. Radcliffe College no longer exists as a separate institution admitting students, dissolving in 1999 after a slow integration with Harvard beginning formally in 1963 with joint diplomas. Barnard College still exists as a separate legal entity, but is closely affiliated with Columbia. Yale and Vassar did not merge, though Yale extended an offer to do so, and Vassar became a coeducational college in 1969, remaining independent. Each of the other colleges remains a private women's college, after considering coeducation.

The Seven Sisters was a name given to seven liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States that are historically women's colleges. Five of the seven institutions continue to offer all-female undergraduate programs: Barnard CollegeBryn Mawr CollegeMount Holyoke CollegeSmith College, and Wellesley CollegeVassar College has been co-educational since 1969. Radcliffe College shared common and overlapping history with Harvard College from the time it was founded as "the Harvard Annex" in 1879. Harvard and Radcliffe effectively merged in 1977, but Radcliffe continued to be the sponsoring college for women at Harvard until its dissolution in 1999. Barnard College was Columbia University's women's liberal arts undergraduate college until its all-male coordinate school Columbia College went co-ed in 1983; to this day, Barnard continues to be an all-women's undergraduate college affiliated with Columbia.

Barnard, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, and Radcliffe were given the name "the Seven Sisters" in 1927, because of their relative affiliations with the Ivy League men's colleges. The schools are sometimes referred to as "the Daisy Chain" or "the Heavenly Seven."

So here's a question:

As stated above, the colleges were ostensiblyfounded to promote education for women that would be at an equal level to the education offered to men.

What additional underlying reasons, other than academics, might there have been for "The Seven Sisters" schools to have been brought into existence?

The materials for this post were gleaned from entries in Wikipedia and  related sources....

https://www.thoughtco.com/seven-sisters-colleges-historical-backgro...

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Comment by Ben Sen on October 9, 2018 at 5:55pm

You might not want to tell them at Sarah Lawrence they aren't one of the oldest, established women's school, whether a "seventh sister," according to wikipedia or not.  It's long been known as the "artists" school. The best book ever written about the phenomenon, as far as I know, was "The Group," by Mary McCarthy.  It's a blistering satire of the pretenses of the "elite," the real elite, not liberals through the eyes of the mob.

   

Comment by Ron Powell on October 9, 2018 at 6:10pm

"You might not want to tell them at Sarah Lawrence they aren't one of the oldest, established women's school, whether a "seventh sister," according to wikipedia or not."

According to Wikipedia and every other source that I know of.....

Comment by Ben Sen on October 10, 2018 at 1:52pm

I find it amusing, but not worth researching.  I've known kids today who never have a personal conversation with a teacher.  No wonder so many are dummies. I went to a third rate school because I couldn't afford anything better, but three of my teachers became friends for life.  They were that desperate for somebody to talk to.  I've heard, not validated, the national reading level is the 5th grade.  How else could Fox News become the most watched?  What does Wikipedia say about that? 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 10, 2018 at 4:15pm

LOLOL  After reading your last "non-researched", "heard", but not documented" and pretty disingenuous (not to mention insulting) comment, Ben Sen, I think you missed your calling as Trump's Tweet writer.

Comment by Ron Powell on Thursday

@BS; " I went to a third rate school because I couldn't afford anything better, but three of my teachers became friends for life."

Apparently you weren't smart enough to earn a scholarship to a "better" school.

"They were that desperate for somebody to talk to. "

You can't be much of a "friend" if you haven't told them that that's what you think of them and their "friendship".

The New York Times is written and published at the 6th to 8th grade reading level, which is why the people at Faux News can't read it, so they make shit up for their. viewers, who apparently love the fairy and scary tales they get from their favorite/only "news" source.

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