WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: FIRST COED COLLEGE
Profile America — Monday, September 12th. This month in 1837, Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Ohio became the first college in the U.S. to grant equal status to men and women. Now known as Oberlin College, the school's action shocked many people. It's leaders reasoned that many mothers and sisters often served as the only teachers boys had on the nation's frontier so the better educated the women, the better trained the men would be. During its history, Oberlin was the first to regularly admit African-Americans, granted the first degree to a black woman, and was one of the first to have co-educational dormitories. Today, co-educational schools are the norm, and on the nation's campuses, there are more than 10 million women compared to about 2 million fewer men. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: American Speaker Calendar of Events
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 222
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau