After 223 years, Harvard College’s Hasty Pudding theater troupe goes co-ed.
The well-known collegiate group introduced Thursday that it’s going to start casting girls in its annual manufacturing subsequent yr.
“The Hasty Pudding welcomes girls to audition and to provide equal alternative to play these roles based mostly on the standard of their particular person skills,” Amira Weeks, the group’s scholar president, learn aloud from a letter issued by the group’s governing board.
“Whereas we now have nice respect for the artwork type as it has been offered by the Pudding for over 170 years, the world is in a really completely different place. We’re very proud to take this group ahead as a pacesetter in girls’s rights and gender equality.”
The announcement got here as Hasty Pudding honored actress Mila Kunis as its Lady of the Yr.
Kunis, who has been outspoken about gender equality, stated she “wouldn’t be right here” had the corporate not modified the foundations.
Based in 1844, The Pudding has solely had male actors, though girls are allowed to carry positions on enterprise, tech and design boards.
Ladies have been allowed to audition thrice previously, however by no means earned a callback, in line with the Harvard Crimson.