Report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Barnard and the Educated Woman, 1971, page 10
-10- can be clarified and eased through the exchange of ideas and experiences with one's peers, and by banding together into strong groups for effective action in support of individual members in need of help. To present these opportunities to the alumnae can be as valid a service as the college can perform for them -- and a most potent means to rekindle their interest in their alma mater. These projects would, we believe, be of enormous use in revitalizing alumnae club programs. Many are well suited to regional development, which can best be carried on by the clubs. And they would provide meaningful and challenging projects around which to rally the younger, uninvolved alumnae in the area. These programs can serve to bring back to the club -- and the college -- graduates who may feel that their education was irrelevant to their present lives. It can engage these women in practical programs for their own good, or for the good of their fellows. In fact, such involvement can be the catalyst to cooperation among alumnae groups in really large projects, such as lobbying for the reform of discriminating laws, or working to encourage more women candidates to run for office. Once joint action becomes an accepted way, there are few limits to the influence such a group can wield for good, in its own community or even in a broader arena.