The Harvard University Hasty Pudding theater troupe has managed to hold out for 175 years, but has finally cast women in a production for the first time.
The move comes after almost two centuries of all-male productions. The group was founded in 1795 and has been staging productions since 1844.
The AP reports that the group, which is known for its comedic revues that include men performing in drag, has cast six women, who will make up half the cast in its 2019 show.
“New cast member Ashley LaLonde says she’s especially proud to be the first black woman in the cast, adding, ‘We really are making history,'” the AP reports.
“The troupe announced it would begin casting women last January amid pressure from students and some critics off campus,” the AP reports. “Group President Grace Ramsey says men will continue to portray some female characters, adding that the troupe will still be a ‘no-holds-barred burlesque.’”