Inter-Society Debate

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Debate over role of women in advancement of humanity

Brief note in the Local section of the Dickinsonian: "Dr. Reed, Prof. Durell, and Mrs. Biddle, wife of Judge Biddle, acted as judges in the Inter-Society Debate at the Indian School. Question was, Resolved, 'That women have done more for the advancement of humanity than men.' The affirmative won."

Date: March 1895
Harman Society History

On October 3, 1919 The Dickinsonian published an article comparing the histories of Dickinson's three literary societies, one of them being the Harman Literary Society, which was created as an all female group in 1896. The organization was open to all interested women, and at the time, was highly praised by the Dean of Women, Mrs. Meredith. 

Date: October 3, 1919
Song Sheet

In honor of the Annual Inter-Society Debate pertaining to the question of women's suffrage, male Dickinsonians composed and performed songs regarding women's suffrage. The songs included "What's the Matter with Suffrage?", "Suffrage all the Day," etc.

Date: February 17, 1914
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The Inter-Society Debate took place on March 9, 1922 between the Harman Society (a female society created in 1896) and the McIntyre Society (also for women, founded in 1921- It appears to have only been active in 1921) at Bosler Hall. It discussed the enactment of a constitutional amendment for the protection of women against political, legal or civil discrimination due to their sex. Margaret Eslinger (this document came from her personal scrapbook of her Dickinson years) assisted Kathryn Smith '24 on the negative side of the argument.

Date: March 9, 1922