Letter from Martha Peterson to Catharine Stimpson, November 30, 1971

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Barnard College


November 30, 1971

Dear Miss Stimpson:

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with the Executive Committee last Thursday. It seems to me that we at least got some clear notion of how the roster matter should be handled. Let me summarize what I understand our agreement to be. If there are suggestions, modifications or corrections, be sure to let me know.

1. We will work for the establishment through A.C.E., of a national roster of women with Ph.D's who are potential candidates for administrative and academic appointments in higher education. Pat Graham and Jane Moorman will invite individuals and representatives of groups who might be inter- ested in such a project to meet at Barnard on January 7th to prepare a proposal for A.C.E.

2. Barnard will focus interest on establishing a regional talent pool which would personalize the roster. It was, I believe, our intent to indicate to A.C.E. that it might be wise, in finding support for the original roster, also to find support for this supplement to the roster in certain regions, such as New York, Boston, Washington and San Francisco. Jane Gould was asked to proceed with plans for this project.

I personally hope that this project can move along. One of the most pressing needs we have right now is to have a pool of available talent on which those who wish to make appointments can rely.

I was interested in sitting in on your discussions of

projects of interest to the Women's Center. I came away with

a somewhat disquieting feeling that there may be a little

"falling apart of direction." It occurred to me that it might

be wise for the Executive Committee to identify by priority

those programs they will be working on so that the Center won't . be pulled apart by peripheral programs which aren't of primary

interest to the Center. I have, for instance, the letter on

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Day Care Centers, and I think we should encourage the establish- ment of the Day Care Centers even if we cannot undertake to establish one ourselves. I know of the interest of some of the committee members in abortion counseling, yet I wonder if we have either the staff or the energy at this time to participate in either one of these projects. Should we not concentrate our energies in the on—going security of the women's studies kinds of courses, in post-doctoral fellowships, in the lawyer program, and in a few campus lectures and seminars that give perspective to the whole women issue, rather than being active in small worthy and necessary projects, such as the Day Care Centers, abortion referral, and the political caucus.

I do not mean to imply that the smaller causes are unworthy. They are fine and I would hope Barnard students might get in- volved in some of these, but I think the Women's Center ought to stick to the more academically oriented programs.

This perhaps just reveals a bias of mine, but I do think my bias is realistic in light of our financial and manpower or womanpower situation. Your reception went well on November 23rd. I hope also that you will find a way to get more students actively involved in some of your efforts.

I recognize that most of you are doing this out of your side pocket and that we must have additional personnel who can give more time to the Women's Center. On the other hand, I hope that we don't lose our momentum at this moment by diffusion of activities.



Martha Peterson President

Miss Catharine R. Stimpson Chairman

Executive Committee Barnard Women's Center

MP: bet cc: Executive Committee of Barnard Women's Center