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SATURDAY, MARCH 30: WOMEN IN DIVINITY SCHOOLProfile America —
Saturday, March 30th. The first theological school to admit female students for divinity degrees was formed on this date in 1871, when the Boston Theological Seminary merged with Boston University. The first woman matriculated in September of the following year, and the first female bachelor of divinity graduated in 1876. In 1880, the school's second female graduate,
Anna Howard Shaw, became the first woman ordained in the Methodist church. Unlike today, the census of 1870 included a survey of churches. In that census, over 72,000 denominational organizations were counted, along with 63,000 church buildings. And Reverend Shaw's Methodist denomination numbered over 6.5 million.
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Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3273 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 506, 526
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau