Most of us think of college as a place where we can finally become independent from our parents' rules and live how we want.
However, before (and during) the 1960s, being in college didn't exactly mean that people could make their own decisions as adults, especially when it came to women. The term in loco parentis, Latin for "in the place of a parent," was a doctrine that many universities followed so parents would feel better about letting their children go to school.
While strict rules and regulations were put into effect for both male and female students, it's clear that women were on a much tighter leash when it came to higher education. Here are some of the most ridiculous rules that college women had to follow back in the day.
1. At Wellesley and Oberlin, if a man and a woman were in a dormitory room together, they were required to keep three feet on the floor during the visit.
2. Women at Oberlin College were also only allowed to have male visitors between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.
3. In 1930, 44 women at Bucknell University were put on a six-month dating ban by the Women's Student Senate after admitting to smoking in their rooms.
4. The 1961-62 student handbook for Rollins College stated that women couldn't leave their dormitories until 6 a.m. unless they had permission.
5. If female students at Ohio University accumulated 10 minutes of missing their curfews, they were forced to stay in their rooms for two weekends without any calls or visitors.
6. Women at Ohio University also had to wear hats and gloves to the Sunday noon meal and church.
7. At Spelman College, women were required to wear stockings instead of socks and weren't allowed to go barefoot.
8. Women were also expected to style their hair at Spelman College and faced ridicule if they didn't.
9. In 1961, the University of Missouri banned female students from wearing hair curlers, bandanas, scarves, hairnets, slacks, and shorts while in campus lounges and cafeterias.
10. Women living on campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were required to sign out when they left their rooms and sign in when they came back.
11. The 1953-54 edition of the University of Kansas' handbook for women states, "since none of us like to be ‘caught’ with p.j.’s, pinned-up hair, or cold-creamed faces, we have specified calling hours for men.”
12. If women wanted to leave their dorms after 7:30 p.m. at the University of Florida, they had to give detailed information about where they would be and what they would be doing.
13. Women were also only allowed to wear Bermuda shorts on campus at the University of Florida during specific times of year. However, faculty members could forbid this in their classes.
14. At the University of Michigan, women could only wear skirts or dresses at dinner in the residence hall cafeterias.
15. While male students at the University of Michigan could live off-campus, women had to live in a residence hall, sorority, or in a university-approved boarding house.
I've never been more thankful about when I went to college than I am now. I can't imagine having to put up with all of that!
(via History Buff)