Smith College will now accept transgender female applicants

Beginning this fall, the women's college will consider students who identify as female

Published May 4, 2015 3:53PM (EDT)

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.

The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women's college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.

Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith's founding, "concepts of female identity have evolved."

Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.

Other women's colleges, including Mount Holyoke and Wellesley, also have changed their policies to admit transgender women.

The advocacy group GLAAD said it worked with Smith alumnae for the change. GLAAD President and CEO Kate Ellis said Smith joins a growing number of colleges that "respect and afford equal opportunity to all women."

By Associated Press

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