In 2016, Harvard took a stronger stance against such "exclusionary and disempowering" organizations, by barring members of unrecognized single-sex organizations from campus leadership positions and from receiving certain types of Harvard recommendation letters. During the 2006 Senate hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court, Senator Edward Kennedy was among those highlighting Alito's membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which had opposed admission of women into Princeton; when Kennedy's membership in the Owl Club was pointed out, Kennedy resigned from the club.(The co-ed Signet Society, The Harvard Crimson, Harvard Advocate and Harvard Lampoon also have selective membership, but their charters define them as something other than social organizations, based on their literary or artistic characteristics. That same year, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick's membership in the Fly Club was criticized as contradictory to his image as a champion of civil rights; Patrick responded that he had left the club in the early 1980s for that reason.
Amid all the scrutiny that Malia Obama has been subjected to in her first months at Harvard University, nothing has attracted as much press attention as her being snapped by eager paparazzi kissing a white guy.
The families of presidents have always been the subject of tabloid fascination, but Malia Obama, like her father Barack Obama before her, inhabits an unprecedented position in America’s centuries-long race debate.
Many, including other first daughters past and present, have argued quite reasonably that the press should leave Malia alone. Never before has such a high-profile young woman of color navigated her way through the Ivy League dating pool.
Since 1984, none of these all-male or all-female social organizations has been recognized by the school.
While a small number of these organizations have begun to admit both sexes, most do not—the reason, in general, that Harvard College refuses to recognize them. Club closed, in 1995, after an assault of a football recruit occurred at its clubhouse.