The rapid growth and sudden decline of the societies.
By 1950, only half of the female student body could be in a society. Thus, University President William Houston forced the creation of four new societies: the Chaille Rice Literary Society, the Mary Ellen Lovett Society, the Olga Keith Literary Society, and the Virginia Cleveland Literary Society to ensure that all women could participate.
While these new groups gave more women a chance to participate, these new groups did not last long. With the creation of the residential college system in 1957 and the opening of Jones College in that September, women gained a physical home on campus. By 1968, only two of the older societies continued to exist: the Elizabeth Baldwin and the Owen Wister societies.