Report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Barnard and the Educated Woman, 1971, page 4
-4- This report will attempt to summarize the conclusions of the Task Force and the directions which they [reccomend] as most promising. Their Report did not address itself to purely undergraduate areas, such as new courses on women, where much activity is already in progress. The Task Force concluded that Barnard could serve women who were not a part of its student body in ways compatible with its character as a college; that it could best serve its alumnae and women interested in academic pursuits, but that its programs should be flexible enough to be of interest to many other women; and that it must do more to equip its students to deal with problems which they might encounter after graduation. As one of our Biology professors pointed out, "Too many people think an educated woman less useful and competent than any educated man, a theory which puts the educators of women in an odd position." Behind these conclusions lay certain basic assumptions on which the task force was agreed: That because of its history, its staff, and its location, Barnard is particularly suited for becoming a national center for the study of women and their interests.