Memo from Catharine Stimpson to Baxter, Elliott, Gould, Graham, and Hertz, regarding priorities for the Women's Center, June 30, 1971

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TC1_.__Annette_Baxter,.Elly”Elliott,_JanelGould,_Bat_Graham,_Barbara_Hert7 FRO nn I SURECTiriorities-for_the_Womenls_Center ' lDATEJune_30,»l&1l__

I am tentatively describing what I believe our priorities should be in the next few months. The list, whcih should be useful for both fund-raising and our own operations, deliberately avoids projects which we are to direct on our own, e.g. the roster, for which Pat and Jane Moorman have special re- sponsibility. Rather, it concentrates on things we might do together.

Drawing up the list, I have tried to concentrate on projects which will: 1) Give us momentum; 2) have high visibility; and 3) not bind a permanent director too tightly.

I. I think we must find a director, the search to begin again seriously min the fall. (Annette: Rosalyn Kohl Glantz is not interested in being the ‘administrative assistant, although she finds the idea of a Women's Center “truly-exciting.:)

_II. We must move to establish Barnard's leadership among the Seven Sister Colleges (or whatever they are called these days) as soon as pos- sible. Rumors abound about these colleges and programs for women; e.g. Vassar has received a huge inheritance, the Lockwood legacy, which it may spend on Women's Studies. One way in which to establish this leadership,

a job which will, I believe, really need Miss Peterson's advice, counsel,

and help, is to take up Elga Wasserman's idea of letting people take a junior year at Barnard in women's studies. We must also do something to establish ourselves among the various professional organizations; e.g. I can go to Chicago in December to the MLA, get in touch with my acquaintances on the MLA Commission on the Status of Women, etc.

III. We will have the brochure in the fall, which is terrfic. Could we, however, just mimeograph up our courses for distribution?

IV. Of the projects which we have discussed, these seem the most im- mediately feasible:

A. The Barnard Lawyers' Committee, a group of Barnard graduates who are lawyers who will explore cases of job discrimination against Barnard women. (Or should they simply take on cases

of job discrimination?)

B. John Sanders‘ interesting idea to take women who have left academic science back as teaching assistants in the sciences, while they decide whether or not they wish to go in competitive research. (See the Task Force report for more details.)

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C. A spring seminar on Women and Society, to bring in people doing va1uable.research on a topic having to do with women,

e.g. psychogenetic differences, if they exist, between men and women.

Nora Percival is being very helpful about what the Alumnae Association might do, and in general, things seem to be going well;

May I please have your ideas, not only about our priorities, but also

about the membership of the Advisory Committee, which should be announced in the fall.

Note: Miss Peterson has authorized an administrative assistant, and Jane's office is coordinatin the search for one. 8

Best.

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