Catharine R. Stimpson's closing remarks at BCRW 20th anniversary dinner, 1993, page 5

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which we now label, so undramatically, Second Wave Feminism. All of
us, men and women, who swam and dove in this wave wanted nothing
less than the victory of Reason, Rectitude, and Justice.

This victory is not yet at hand. For many women, especially
the poorer among us, it is not even close to hand. Yet, think of
what the crowned Ladies of Reason, Rectitude, and Justice see when
they look at higher education in the United States alone. The
Center in the City of Ladies on the Heights is but one of nearly 70
in the United States and Canada. There are women's studies courses
in over 2/3rds of our universities; nearly 1/2 of our 4-year
colleges; about 1/4 of our 2-year institutions. Altogether, about
2000 colleges and universities have some sort of a women's studies
curriculum. Overt discrimination is illegal. So is sexual
harassment. Hiring is more equitable. Between l972 and 1989, the
proportion of women who were assistant professors grew from 24% of
the professoriate to over 38%. Wellesley is still a women's
college, but its president during the 1980s, Nan Keohane, became
the first woman president of Duke University. More women and
entering colleges and universities. Between 1980 and 1990, the
number of Native American women increased 30%; of Asian American
women 99%; of African-American women 16%; of Hispanic women 73%; of
white women 15%. In 1986, women became the majority of the earners
of bachelor's and master's degrees.

.At the end of The Book of the Cities of Ladieg, Christine
addresses Reason, Rectitude, and Justice. "My most honored ladies,"

she writes, ". . .our City is entirely finished and completed, where