Letter from Florence Falk Dickler to Elizabeth Janeway, June 21, 1971

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[handwritten] Barbara - letter from TC student. 
 I also enclose a statement from her [on] the value of women's studies, 
 have written + given her your name --
 Prof. Stimpson 
 Eliz
 
 1321 Trafalgar Street 
 Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
 June 21, 1971
 
 Ms. Elizabeth Janeway 
 15 East 80 Street 
 New York, New York 10021 
 
 Dear Ms. Janeway:
 
 We are still basking in the "after glow" of 
 success following the May 26th panel presentation.
 We shall remember with pride our participation in
 sponsoring the forum, "Man's World, Woman's Place,"
 for a long time to come.
 
 As you may recall, you and I spoke together
 about the women's studies program to be offered at
 Barnard College this fall. A few graduate students
 at Teachers College, including Mitzi Anderson and
 myself, are presently focusing, as much as possible, 
 on the position of women in our course work. It
 appears that nothing comparable to the Barnard program
 is contemplated for inclusion in the curriculum at
 Teachers College. Therefore, it would be invaluable
 to students of women in society if a joint arrangement
 were entered into by the two institutions, permitting
 participation by Teachers College graduate students
 in the Barnard women's studies program. As an example,
 Mitzi and I, enrolled as students at Teachers College,
 would benefit immeasurably from contact with the faculty
 and use of the resource material being gathered 
 together at Barnard College.
 
 In further support of this proposal, may I
 suggest that an additional ingredient would be added
 to the flavor of a women's studies program if under-
 graduate and graduate students were to participate
 together. Such a policy would tend to encourage a
 more valuable academic experience by bringing together
 students with a greater range in age, experience, and
 outlook.
 
 My own area of concentration at Teachers College
 is Student Personnel Administration in the Department
 
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 of Higher and Adult Education. The research that I
 have been examining (as for instance, the enclosed
 articles), and the recent study undertaken by the
 American Association of University Women, (November,
 1970 issue), underscores the need of college women
 of all ages for special guidance and career counseling
 services. The article relating to the Cornell co-eds'
 experience suggests that the college years, a time for
 intellectual and professional development, are not
 viewed realistically by women as related to their future
 professional opportunities. An article in the recent
 edition of the Journal of the American Personnel and
 Guidance Association further substantiates how imperative
 it is that new innovative techniques be implemented
 to assist women to use their educational experience
 more productively to achieve some measure of selfhood.
 
 In consonance with findings which I gathered as
 a member of Professor Nyla Ahren's course at Teachers
 College, Women's Liberation and Student Personnel
 Services, I have written a short summary entitled:
 Project Lifeline: Introducing Women to their Futures.
 Your opinion regarding Project Lifeline would be
 greatly appreciated. Your years of research in prepar-
 ation for your book offer you a vantage point that
 I would profit from immeasurably. I am attempting,
 at this time, to find a sponsor for further research
 and/or implementation in a college counseling program,
 and would welcome any suggestions.
 
 It was a great personal pleasure for me to
 have met you and I do hope we have further occasion
 to exchange ideas in the near future. 
 
 Sincerely yours,
 
 Florence Falk Dickler