Three women students, 1968

Three women students
Photo: Steve Gretter, Courtesy MIT Museum

Three (unidentified) women students at an information table in the Kresge Auditorium building, 1968.


The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy in 1968 sparked new initiatives towards making MIT a more equitable community. This included the formation of the Black Students' Union and Project Interphase, a summer program for incoming minority freshman. Shirley Ann Jackson '68, PhD '73 (physics) and Jennifer Rudd '68 (biology) became the first black women to graduate from MIT.

Timeline: 1960s
Career: Education
Object: Image
Collection: Critical Mass 1955-1968, Students, Women