Catharine R. Stimpson's closing remarks at BCRW 20th anniversary dinner, 1993, page 3

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Committee. There was to be background music before the program
began, provided by a woman musician. The event was a panel of 8
men, including William McGill, then the President of the City of
Men. They would address the.question, "Male Chauvinism at Columbia:
Does It Exist?" some notes from a planning meeting for the event
read laconically, "Never before have so many men had so many
previous engagements."
Not surprisingly, some turmoil accompanied the bustle within
101. Not everyone found the Center within the City of Ladies on the
Heights either necessary or a place of absolute reason, rectitude,
and justice. An example: at the October 1971 Executive Committee
gathering, Pat Graham reported about a planning meeting for a
project that the Center was urging the Seven Sister colleges to
undertake—--more specifically, a roster of women scholars. The
minutes note, "Schools not represented were Smith (which didn't
feel it was sufficiently important to come) and Wellesley (which
may be going coed)." Not everyone approved of our first brochure
and logo. Striking though the graphics were, they had been designed
by a man. Not everyone thought that the Center should have a
permanent director. Some people feared that a permanent director
would violate democratic principles. Moreover, they groused, a
permanent director might use the Center and its vast resources for
self-aggrandizing purposes. In the Spring of 1972, some students
got angry about their role in the Center's governing structure and,
with great legitimacy, about the role of women in color in the

Center's activities. The City of Ladies on the Heights was then the