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CSS in the Early 1900’s

Pictures of CSS students in the 1900’s

CSS students pictured in front of Tower in 1915

There is an elevator in the middle of the tunnel between the Science building and Tower. When you’re on the Science side of that tunnel, there is a bulletin of photos from the 1900’s next to the elevator.

I’ve walked past these black-and-white photos for nearly three years and I never stopped to actually look at them and the smiling faces captured in them until a few days ago. I was waiting for the elevator (the stairway is overwhelming on days I haven’t had breakfast, which is most days) and just so happened to look beside me (instead of my phone screen). I missed my elevator because I was so enthralled in the photos. They’re little pieces of history that we get to enjoy more than a hundred years later.

The CSS students were all women in early 1900’s since CSS was first an all-female institution until 1969. You can see in the photos that the ladies are all wearing dresses with large shoulder pads. The car in the photo is a vehicle I’ve only ever seen in historical movies and shows. The fields in front of Tower are bare and Tower wasn’t even finished.

It makes me think about how much I take for granted. Like wearing pants, or even leggings. Wearing baggy shirts. Attending school with males. Cutting and coloring my hair whenever and however I want.

But most of all, when I look at the photos, I see strong, courageous, and passionate young women who walked the same hallways, sat in the same classrooms, and attended our very same school in order to educate themselves. They’re inspiring.

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