Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Retro...

Miss Randolph addressing Barnard Grads, Ivy Day, 1911 (LOC)
Here's another instance when I wish I could invent a time machine... The graduating class of 1911 Barnard College.

In 1889, Barnard College was started for women who wanted an education due to Columbia University's policy on only admitting men. Good news, right? Maybe, but see this is where I would really like to be able to talk with these graduates. What did they study? What were their options?  

The college's history page states Barnard was " of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men."

Was it really as rigorous and challenging?  During a time when women fought so hard for equality this statement could be totally accurate, or it could be complete balderdash.

Thus, my desire to go back and discuss, to see with my own eyes. To experience not just college life of 1911, but to also explore the suffragette movement from an up close and personal perspective.

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  1. That would be utterly fascinating to talk with the women of that graduating class, and the suffragettes... many of them were physically brutalized from stories I've read.

    When did brute force indicate a superior intellect?

  2. Actually, brute force just shows a lack of intellect, imo. Sure, eventually there comes a time when force must be used for self defense, but a better show of intellect is to reason out a solution that does not include violence.

    A man who uses his brains, then brawn is always sexier to me. :)

  3. To me the kind of brute force used against someone to make them comply with your way of thinking, or your rules for them, just shows how small you really are.