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Louisa Allen

Louisa C. Allen

Louisa C. Allen was hired in 1874 in the Domestic Science Department, the same year the first class of female students graduated. Although not given the title of Professor, many consider her to be the first female faculty member at the University of Illinois. Louisa established the first domestic science course and laid the groundwork for the Domestic Science School as well as a calisthenics program for women.