All-Female Wellesley College Students Vote to Open Admissions to Trans Men
The student body of Wellesley College, a women's college in Massachusetts, voted Tuesday in a non-binding referendum to open admissions to transgender men and non-binary identifying applicants.
Details: Under the college’s application criteria, transgender women and non-binary individuals assigned female at birth are allowed to apply, but transgender men are not. Wellesley’s website states, “Wellesley does not accept applications from men. Those assigned female at birth who identify as men are not eligible for admission,” with admission restricted to “those who live as women and consistently identify as women.” The referendum also calls for altering the college’s communications to remove gender-specific language.
Key Quotes: In a statement following the referendum, campus administrators said, “although there is no plan to revisit its mission as a women’s college or its admissions policy, the College will continue to engage all students, including transgender male and non-binary students, in the important work of building an inclusive academic community where everyone feels they belong.” The Editorial Board of the student-run Wellesley News published a piece emphasizing the paper’s “unequivocal support for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people — at Wellesley and everywhere — who enrich all communities they are part of.”
How The Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum highlighted generational divides between administrators and students. One Daily Wire (Right bias) report highlighted a Wellesley student who said being a women's college "is the core identity of the school, and we can’t start watering that down."
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Students at Wellesley College voted in a nonbinding election on Tuesday to approve expanding eligibility for admission to all nonbinary and transgender applicants.
The student body approved the referendum, which asked whether the school should shift its admission policy to allow nonbinary people who were assigned male at birth and trans men to apply to the school, a Wellesley College spokesperson confirmed to The Hill. The referendum also called for the college to use more gender inclusive language in its communications.
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Students at Wellesley College in Massachusetts have voted to accept applications from all nonbinary and transgender students — but campus officials at the women’s liberal arts school say there is “no plan” for immediate change.
The nonbinding referendum, which was approved on Tuesday, asked students at the historically women’s college (HWC) if they supported a proposal to the board of trustees that would admit transgender men and all nonbinary individuals regardless of their assigned gender at birth, CNN reported.
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Wellesley College proudly proclaims itself as a place for “women who will make a difference in the world.” It boasts a long line of celebrated alumnae, including Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Nora Ephron.
On Tuesday, its students supported a referendum that had polarized the campus and went straight to the heart of Wellesley’s identity as a women’s college.
The referendum, which was nonbinding, called for opening admission to all nonbinary and transgender applicants, including trans men. Currently, the college allows admission to anyone who lives and consistently identifies as...
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