Admission to UNC did not mark the end of struggle for women on campus. Admittance meant the need for women’s safety, well-being, and autonomy, combined with societal and religious attitudes dictating that men and women should be kept apart. Women were forced to navigate a campus that was not built for them, and advocate for their own spaces to grow as students, enhancing their presence at Carolina. The University created some spaces for women, but many areas continue to plague women with fear and discomfort. This case explores the different spaces that have both welcomed and worried women during and beyond their time at UNC and communicates the oppression and discrimination that women have faced in their struggle for space.
Southern Oral History Program interviews related to this theme:
Jan Allen interviewed by Robin Kay-Marie Payne
July 5, 2006