Women's only spaces onboard

Nov 24, 2009
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Hi There,

I'm doing some research into spaces where the genders were segregated on board.
I know there was a first class smoking room where only men were allowed, but was there any first class female equivalent rooms?
Also where there areas in 2nd or 3rd class that were women or men only?

Thanks in advance.
 

Bob Godfrey

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The 'library' in 2nd Class was actually the lounge, which had no gender-specific association in either 1st or 2nd Class. The reading and writing room in 1st Class was frequented mainly by ladies, but the only areas in which the regulations demanded segegration were the Turkish and swimming baths and the gymnasium. Also in 3rd Class there was a separate dining room for single men.
 
However, I read in Walter Lord´s "A night to remember" that on that fateful April night, Andrews was revising his plans to reduce the reading room because it wasn´t as popular as expected. So, even though the gender segregation was still common in 1912, it was losing its popularity.