The 500

The 500 [thee·fyv·hun·dred] n. only 500 women were allowed to be (official) members of the student body from 1899 to 1933 due to a surprising restriction introduced by Jane Stanford in 1899, leading to a very select few being admitted;   *note: as a whole, these women excelled compared to their male counterparts, but were accused of "phoning it in" by some faculty (their complacent performance still bettering the men's) and of being elitist by many in the larger, less accomplished male contingent.   See Rule of 500.

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