Reference to women was banned from oratory on commencement day as the board of overseers considered such references “exceptionable and improper.” Harvard Overseers record, 1760.

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Reference to women was banned from oratory on commencement day as the board of overseers considered such references “exceptionable and improper.” The overseers further recommended that the president inspect the orations from time to time to prevent such indecencies and improprieties in the future. Overseers record, 1760_courtesy of Harvard University Archives