Inside the Mills Revolution

In 1990, the Berlin Wall fell and the Romanians overthrew their government. That same year, Kristen Caven witnessed another revolt as students at Mills, one of the last remaining womens colleges, shut down the campus to keep men away. She drew what she saw and created a cartoon history that was instantly banned on the campus, but won the Bay Guardian Cartoon Contest and is featured in the Women’s History Museum in Dallas, Texas.

This collection of ten cartoons and an essay was re-published in Perfectly Revolting. The publication of this book provided the impetus for the 20th reunion of the strike in 2010.

Although a women’s college choosing to admit men might not seem as significant as other worldwide political events, it did make national news, and it did make history. Sadly, the student strike at Mills College is the only time in history that a historically women’s college has reversed the decision to go co-ed. Read more about it.

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