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Abstract provided by interviewer Sarah Blankenship.

Lee Anne Blankenship (Sanders ‘80) attended Abilene Christian University between Spring 1978 and Fall 1980 and received a B.B.A in Marketing and Management. ACU is a Church of Christ affiliated liberal arts university which strives to provide its students with a Christian education in a Christ-like environment. Mrs. Blankenship recounts her time at ACU from a Methodist perspective and as someone who did not live in a dormitory. She recounts her time in the business department along with a relationship she observed between her professor and a student. She also discusses the pressure put on women in social clubs and recounts the story of a female student faced with an abortion.

This interview provides primary source information on ACU’s classroom and community culture in regards to gender, sexuality, and race as seen through a non-traditional student’s viewpoint during the late-70s to early-80s.


The ACC/ACU Gender and Sexuality Project preserves firsthand accounts of alumni of Abilene Christian College (later Abilene Christian University), with particular attention to how students, faculty, and staff have experienced issues of gender and sexuality during their time at the institution. The collection began in Fall 2019 as a class project in HIST 340, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities.