Few People Know America Got Its First State-Supported Women’s College Right Here In Mississippi In 1884

Long before the women’s suffrage movement in 1920 and the women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Mississippi had the foresight to recognize the importance of educating young women. And so, in 1884, Mississippi made history in a big way when it chartered one of America’s first women’s colleges.

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So, did you know about the Mississippi University for Women? Or that it was the first state-supported women’s college in America? Know of another institution in Mississippi that’s revered as “America’s first?” If so, tell us! To learn more about The W, visit the Mississippi University for Women website.

This isn’t the state’s only site that’s among the most unique in the nation. Click here to read about Mississippi’s Friendship Oak, which is one of the oldest living things in America.


Address: Mississippi University for Women, 1100 College St, Columbus, MS 39701, USA