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Massachusetts women’s college to allow trans women to enroll

Massachusetts' Smith College has adopted trans-inclusive admissions policy

“We are proclaiming that trans women are women.”

Smith College, Credit - Nic McPhee / Flickr
Smith College, Credit – Nic McPhee / Flickr

–Smith College President Kathleen McCartney, regarding a change in admissions policy for the women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports.

“It is a historic moment,” she stated. “I feel proud of the decision we’ve made. We are proclaiming that trans women are women. That feels like an important moment from a civil rights perspective.”

“The mission of Smith College is to educate women of promise for lives of distinction,” a letter signed by McCartney and chairwoman of the board of trustees Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard stated. “In the years since Smith’s founding, concepts of female identity have evolved. Smith alumnae have been leaders in the movement to afford women greater freedoms of aspiration and self-expression. At the same time, educational settings in which women are central remain powerfully transformative.”

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