Throughout this celebratory year, Lehigh University recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of its female faculty, students, and graduates. As the university community celebrates the transformational decision made in 1971 to enroll women into undergraduate programs, it also acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of Lehigh women today and highlights a handful of the many who will have an impact on the world.

They Broke the Coed Barrier

In the fall of 1971, the first group of female undergraduate students arrived on Lehigh’s campus. That initial band of 169 intrepid history-makers (far more than the 100 women the board of trustees voted to allow to enroll in May 1970) met a mixed reaction from their fellow students, faculty, and alumni.


Hongping Zhao

Capturing a tenure-track professorship position in the field of science and engineering is not typical so soon after earning a doctorate

Ugly is in the Eye of the Beholder

Alita Nemroff Friedman ’87 has built a successful business around one of the hottest toys on the planet.

Victoria Berenholz

Berenholz struck GOLD on her junior-year internship with Johnson & Johnson.

Ten Minutes with Regina Lewis ’91

Lewis knows the tips, tricks, secrets, and shortcuts for making technology work.

Lori Bongiorno: Many Shades of Green

Bongiorno does not claim to be a hard-core environmentalist.

Lehigh’s Inspiring Legal Legacy

Each day, alumni carry lessons they learned in Lehigh classrooms into courtrooms across the country.

Today’s Female Students Say ‘Thanks’

Forty years after Lehigh began admitting female undergraduates, the scene has changed.

Yuengling: The Sixth Generation

The sisters are sixth-generation leaders of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s oldest brewery.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World

It was the passion and inspiration of three gifted English professors that turned her college years into a life-changing experience.

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