By late 1945, the United States was finally out of the Great Depression and out of a state of war. The country began a change back to normalcy, and college enrollment numbers soared as veterans took advantage of the GI Bill. With this, a change in thinking arose, and some people began to question what was considered ‘usual’.
The student newspaper, The Reflector, was used as an outlet to display student opinions on the possibilities of changes, such as the dress code. On December 19, 1945, the student body was questioned, “Do you think we should be allowed to wear slacks in school during the winter months?” Of course, not everyone believed that this was a good idea as many respondents stated the absurdity of women being allowed to wear pants as opposed to the requirement of a skirt. The war had brought changes in thinking, however, most people still believed that women wearing slacks to school was ridiculous.
It was not until May 1965 that the college decided to run a trial period where they rescinded the dress code policy, trusting the attire choices of the students. The rest is history!
To read the article, click below:
"Inquiring Reporter" Reflector [Newark] 19 Dec. 1945: 3. Print.
To read the last student handbook that stated a dress code, click below:
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