The Women's Final Clubs

Juan Cantu

The Bee Club, Harvard’s oldest female final club, leases a space from the Fly Club.

To continue our series from Monday, here are the profiles of the women’s final clubs.

To date, Harvard has five female final clubs, the youngest of which was founded just two years ago. Although significantly newer than their male counterparts—not to mention with smaller endowments—these organizations nevertheless provide one kind of social outlet for women on campus. Given that most club representatives chose to remain tight-lipped when we contacted them for this feature, we instead combed through The Crimson’s archives for some basic facts.

Bee Club

Date founded: 1981

Location: 45 Dunster St.

Brief history: According to this 1998 Crimson article, the first iteration of the Bee was created during the Civil War, when a group of Cambridge women formed a sewing bee—a circle of women who would gather every week to sew and mend uniforms for the Union soldiers. Over a century later, when a group of women at Harvard wanted to create their own final club, they adopted the name "the Bee." "The ambition of the club is not be elitist," a member told The Crimson in 1998. "It's ambition is to be the exact opposite." A punch quoted in the same article, however, saw it as "an extension of a New York all-girls prep school." This year, though, the club decided to allow the friends of punches to attend gatherings, too.

Isis Club

Date founded: 2000

Location: Rented space in the Owl Club

Brief history: The Isis aims to bring Harvard women together "for the purpose of building friendships and a strong system of support on campus and in the world beyond," according to its mission statementNot too long ago, the club became famous for accidentally making its e-mail archives accessible to the public, revealing information about its punch evaluations, dues, and other secrets.

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