Barnard's New Women's Center and the Thinking Behind It, 1971, page 4
We might also organize a committee of lawyers who are Barnard graduates, which would represent Barnard alumnae and other women in selected cases of job discrimination. ‘ A resource file can be set up, drawn from the large group of New York alumnae and other women who exemplify a variety of patterns of life. These women would be available for formal lectures in the classroom, (for example, an alumna who is a civil rights lawyer could speak before a political science class), and for informal discussions about a particular pattern of life. Such speakers would be but one aspect of a larger program of realistic counselling for undergraduates and lectures which could be open to Columbia students and to residents of the community. The woman who wants to go back to work after a period of years away from the job market has a number of needs: facts about kinds of available jobs; retraining in order to get certain jobs; funds to underwrite such retraining; and moral support.- Barnard could set up a data bank and a system of regional counselors to give women (and undergraduates) the M support they might want. Alumnae clubs in Philadelphia and Washington have already begun to do this on a local level. The Seven College Conference is now exploring ways in which to establish a roster of women scholars. Possibly the Women's Center could administer that roster, as well as maintain lists of other women professionals, lists which institutions could consult while trying to correct inequities in hiring practices. ‘ Many students believe that the college should provide some informal" training in skills which a prevailing culture thinks ”unfeminine", such as plumbing, auto mechanics, electrical circuitry, and other day-to-day technology. Though this may seem a frivolous request, such training would have great validity in destroying the "helpless female" image and be of great practical use as well. A second kind of fellowship program might be developed, to use Barnard's library.about women, to bring interesting people to the campus, and to encourage the intellectual and creative accomplishments of women. This program might also help provide the financial aid which is acutely needed by women doing work on the postedoctoral level, and by those doing community work relevant to women, such as abortion law reform. As this outline should indicate, the role of our alumnae in these projects will be enormously important, both as contributors and as recipients.‘ The Women's Center will, we hope, provide meaningful new ways to bind our graduates to the college. All the evidence points to the need of a great many women for help in resolving the social and psychological conflicts in which they find themselves engaged at different times in their lives, as well as raising their own awareness of their enormous potentials as people. Many difficulties 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.