80 Years After Being Expelled, 97-Year-Old Woman Finally Gets Her Diploma

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Although we may be struggling with a few social issues right now, there are still things that we can do today that we wouldn't have been able to less than a hundred years ago.

Iris Weatherwax's story is a great reminder of how far women have come in the battle for gender equality.

Davison Community Schools

In the late 1930s, a young Iris was attending high school in a suburb of Flint, Michigan when her childhood sweetheart decided to propose. The couple tied the knot in 1938, but during an era when many married women end up assuming the role of a housekeeper, Iris continued to pursue her studies at Davison High School.

But since there was no law protecting women from gender discrimination, Iris was kicked out of school and barred from obtaining her diploma for a very sexist reason that would not fly in today's society.

Now, nearly 80 years later, the school district is awarding a 97-year-old Iris a high school diploma.

Associated Press

But why was Iris expelled from school in the first place?

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