Report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Barnard and the Educated Woman, 1971, page 4

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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

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.