Rice, founded in 1912, was unusual amongst institutions of higher learning, as it accepted women from the get-go. The class of 1912, made up of 48 young men and 29 young women, was taught by twelve member faculty (Rice University). Today, there are more than six thousands students, close to four thousand undergraduates, 48% of whom are female, according to US News college ranking.
The 1938 Rice Yearbook, the Campanile, is available on ancestry.com as part of their US School Yearbooks online database. Ethel was a member of the sophomore class.
|Ethel's yearbook picture. (First from the left). She was 15 years old.|
The Campanile 1937-1938.
- Board of trustees members: 7 members. All men
- Administration Offices: President, Dean, Registrar, Bursar and Advisor to Women. All male, except the Advisor to Women, Sarah L. Lane.
- Professors: 13, all men.
- Assistant professors: 8, all men.
- Instructors: 22, all men.
- Assistance and Fellows: 23, (22 men, 1 woman).
- Graduate Students: 6, all men.
- Student Council: 6, (4, men, 2 women).
- Class Representatives 9 (5, men, 4 women).
- Women's Council: 12 women.
- Honor Council: 9 (4 men, 5 women).
- Sophomore Class: 362 students, (98 women about 27%)
- Pre-Med and Pre-Law and Engineering Societies. All male.
- Band: All male.
|Billie Bess Whatley, Freshman 1937-1938|
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Various school yearbooks from across the United States.