Report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Barnard and the Educated Woman, with edits, 1971, page 1

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          Two hundred years ago Samuel Johnson described an unconventional
feminine pursuit: "A woman'sVpreaching is like a dog's walking on
his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are suprised to find
it done at all." Hilariously archaic though this condescension

may seem to us, it still strongly colors men's attitudes today  u,(,\,;.m,.‘n/
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attitudes which now go under the name of male chauvinism. Certainly
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the aim of the new 'teministsto reexamine and redefine sex roles

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and ampler human role for all of us, male and female. V’/ldgfltj
Barnard's involvement with programs for women is not merely “H71/l'¢£':‘-"VJ
a reflection of the current popularity of the "woman question".
It is really the renewal of an old commitment, since feminism
at Barnard goes back to the very beginnings of our history‘ Our
name itself came from a president of Columbia University, to honor
his belief in the importance of full educational opportunities for
women and his efforts to achieve them. one of our earlijci deans,

Emily James Smith Putnam, in 1910 wrote "The Lady", a sociological

study of the position of women through the ages which was reissued