Stephens College
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Stephens College in Columbia, MO was founded in 1833. It is America’s second oldest women’s college in continuous operation. (The oldest — I knew you would ask — is Salem College in North Carolina, founded in 1772.) According to an FAQ that the college posted:

What is the College’s updated admissions policy?

Stephens College has recommitted to its singular mission of educating women. Consistent with our culture’s
expanding understanding of the definition of womanhood, the College’s admissions policy will recognize both
sex and gender identity in its determination of a student’s eligibility for admission and enrollment.

To fully settle the matter:

OK, for those of us who don’t really understand the terms or issues here, what does that actually mean?

It means that the College’s undergraduate residential women’s program will continue to admit and enroll
students who are women and who live as women, just as it always has. It will also admit and enroll students
who were not born female, but who identify and live as women; those students will need to provide legal
documentation that they are legally women or that they are transitioning to female.

Because the College has expanded its definition of womanhood to include both sex and gender, it is logically
consistent that it also acknowledges both sex and gender in its definition of manhood. As a result, the College
will stop admitting and enrolling students who were born female but who now identify as men or who are
transitioning from female to male.

The College will also continue to admit and enroll students who were born female but who identify as nonbinary, meaning students who experience their gender identity as falling outside the categories of man and
woman. The College will no longer admit or enroll students who identify as non-binary but who are
transitioning to male.

In other words:

+ Trans women.

− Trans men.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.