Women in Caps and Gowns
Women at Milligan were subjected to stricter rules than men were. The 1901-1902 Annual gives rules for a uniform for women to wear. None is mentioned for the men outside of the general statement about “economy in dress.” The 1905 Annual states, “To avoid extravagance and unpleasant rivalry in dress, pupils boarding at the Young Ladies’ Home will be furnished uniform caps and gowns at a reasonable cost….” Women could live in the Young Ladies’ Home, but for many years were not permitted to live anywhere else without special permission while attending Milligan. Teachers living in the Young Ladies’ Home held a weekly meeting for noting any unladylike behavior they noticed among the students. Meanwhile, over the years, men had the option of boarding with local families, living in a student-run club, or living in a dormitory.