Letter from Laurie Auchincloss to Catharine Stimpson, November 6, 1971

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Dear Kate:

Of course I'll be on the advisory council of the Women's Center, but I don't think I can make the tea as I have to be in Trenton that day.

The ex-Acting Director of Surgery at Columbia, Dr. Frederic E. Herter (still on the staff and on the Executive Com. of the Senate) is a good friend of ours and a charming man. He and I have had several run ins on the subject of women in medicine and he is definitely a male chauvinist in respect to what women do but ndzin respect to their opinions. I asked my husband if he would be good to suggest and was surprised to find that Hugh got defensive too, and I thought he was enlightened, If you want a medical man you couldn't do better than Dr. Herter but you ought to warn him just what he is up against. with the HWJ threat I can hardly think of anything more timely but I agree that you don't want to make someone seem foolish and some men may not be prepared for the ferocity of some of the women. They ought to be warned!!

Good luck and do let me know when it will be.


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