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'An Affront To Personal Liberty'? Harvard Sanctions Single-Sex Clubs13:29
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Harvard students walk by as someone enters the Fly Club a final club for male undergraduates of Harvard University.(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvard students walk by as someone enters the Fly Club a final club for male undergraduates of Harvard University.(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Harvard announced Friday that students -- starting with the class of 2017 -- who are members of these single-sex clubs wouldn't be able to lead athletic teams or other student organizations.

Monday, students demonstrated in Harvard Yard against the change, saying it would negatively affect campus women's groups.

"I finally found a home at school," Harvard senior Whitney Anderson said. "My women's organization has been more than a social organization, it has been a source of mental health support, a place to address sexual assaults, where I became a feminist and, most importantly, where I re-found my voice."

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Wendy Kaminer, lawyer and social critic.

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  • "Harvard University, ultra-exclusive dispenser of lifelong privileges, now claims that 'privilege and exclusion (are) at odds with our deepest values.' Seriously. Does this mean that Harvard will begin loosening its admission requirements and start offering free tuition to all undergraduates (with the exception, perhaps, of gazillionaire kids)?"

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  • "The women say these spaces are necessary to foster self-confidence on a campus where they say men tend to be overbearing in class and disrespectful in social situations."

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  • "The Crimson gives a quick primer on the final clubs, institutions unique to Harvard, and the administration’s actions toward them over this tumultuous year."

This segment aired on May 10, 2016.

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