Report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Barnard and the Educated Woman, 1971, page 1

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Two hundred years ago Samuel Johnson described an unconventional
feminine pursuit: "A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his
hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done
at all." Hilariously archaic though this condescension may seem to us,
it still strongly colors attitudes today -- only now we call it male
chauvinism. Certainly the aim of the new feminists to reexamine and
redefine sex roles in our society seems a prime prerequisite to
establishing new and more ample human roles for all of us, male and

Barnard's involvement with programs for women is really the renewal
of an old commitment, since feminism has been from the beginning a part
of our history. Our name itself honors a president of Columbia University
for his belief in full educational opportunities for women and his efforts
to achieve them. One of our early deans, sixty years ago, examined the
sociological position of women through the ages in a study which was
reissued just last year. And Virginia Gildersleeve, who guided
Barnard for 36 years, established a strong tradition for its women, to
work toward broad social goals. As the only American woman involved
in the formation of the United Nations, she amply demonstrated on how
great a stage a woman could play her part.