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I remember being rather put out that I had to take a swimming test to graduate from college. I could swim just fine, mind you, but there was something demoralizing about being corralled into a field house and forced to tread water for your diploma. Someone should have gagged my whiny mouth with Miriam Horn’s Rebels in White Gloves: Coming of Age With Hillary’s Class—Wellesley ’69, an earnest and compelling look at the lives of the women—including future First Lady Hillary Rodham—who graduated from the college 30 years ago. Had I been a member of that class, I would have had to endure training in how to keep my girlish thighs, how to get out of a car while wearing heels, and how to play American geisha while serving tea; all this while still making time for real classes, LSD, and civil disobedience. Step back into one of the weirdest periods in Ivy League history when Horn discusses Rebels at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Amanda Ripley)