Thoughts on "Women's Studies" at Barnard, 1971, page 7

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          a long-standing commitment to the education of women. Consequently Barnard
faculty members from time to time have concerned themselves with questions
relating to women. our academic orientation has been hospitable to such
scholarly concerns, and we have at this moment an extraordinary array of
faculty with the skills to continue and to expand this orientation. In our
library we have the nucleus of a Women"s Collection upon which we may build.
Barnard has never been known for its readiness to jump on the bandwagon.
Indeed, its existence as a recognizable entity at a time when women's colleges
have understandably lost faith in their original rationale is the best example
of this. For equally good if paradoxical reasons Barnard should be skeptical
about stepping on a women's Studies bandwagon. It is not imperative for us to
have a major in Women's Studies to generate courses or to attract additional
faculty. In fact, in setting up a major now we may create the unwarranted
impression that we are responding solely to current pressures. Rather than
hastily committing ourselves at this juncture to a major, let us grant the
freedom to the faculty to offer courses as they develop out of spontaneous
scholarly curiosities. The proper outlines of a Women's Studies Program
will emerge as we teach and think in concert. By extension, we will be
testing out our talents and resources, and exploring the grounds of a con-
temporary rationale for Barnard as an institution with a distinct personality

that renders an important service to the University and to American education.

Annette K. Baxter and Suzanne F. Wemple
Department of History, Barnard College