Dean of Women's Notes for Orientation Speech, 1969

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This document consists of an outline for the talk Mary Frances Watson, Dean of Women, planned to give to female, first-year students and their parents during the 1969 orientation program.  Her planned comments include:

  • Assurance that "[w]omen at DC have never been second class cit[izens]."
  • A reminder that women are "[n]ot here just to get a husband."
  • The claim that the Dickinson female student is a "[b]etter student than her male counterpart."
  • Encouragement to continue educating themselves, even if they get married.
  • The statement that Dickinson "is no longer the conservative little college in Penna. that will 'take care of my daughter, see that she's in at 10, never tastes a drink, etc." Which ties into an explanation of the self-discipline system in residence halls that "assumes that men and women of college age possess maturity to the degree that" they are capable of such self-governance.