1930s

1930s

In their interviews, alumnae of the 1930s recall elements of their experiences as both “city girls” and “dorm girls.” They discuss Pembroke College’s academic curriculum, mandatory physical education and chapel, the effects of the Great Depression, and student traditions. The women also share stories about their families, local communities, and careers.

Image: Athletics, 1936. Bessie Huntting Rudd became Pembroke College's Director of Athletics in 1930. A believer in competitive sports for women and in mandatory physical education, she introduced new activities to the curriculum, including tumbling, badminton, and lacrosse. Rudd was named Full Professor in 1952. She was succeeded by Arlene Gorton in 1961. Image source: Brun Mael.