In 1972 on October 5, 6 and 8, Dickinson held a seminar on women in
coordination with the Bicentennial Homecoming the same weekend.Â The
seminar was "designed to examine the political, educational, legal, and
social conditions in our society which sometimes tend to reduce women's
participation as full partners with men in many aspects of life."Â It was the first seminar on women ever held at Dickinson
and included a play by the Mermaid Players, speeches, workshops and
exhibits.Â C. Delores Tucker, Secretary of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, was the major speaker.Â
This article by Features Editor Ken Ross comments that â€œAlthough
the campus itself continues to improve with age, now is the time for â€˜realâ€™
social change at the College.â€ Ross brings up such issues as the lack of availability
of condoms on campus (except when the Health Center is open), the scarcity of â€˜alternativeâ€™
(alcohol-free) activities on campus and the situation of women on campus. He
In the middle of the spring 1976 semester, the Office of Student Services initiated a trial program of gynecological referal. The funding for the problem was limited so no services were provided by the school. The goal of this program was rather to find out what services women at Dickinson needed. They hoped to provide such car at the college in the future.
The Women's Group drafted a proposal for the hiring of a gynecologist "to serve in the Health Center at least once a week." They sent it to President Howard L. Rubendall for action by the college administration. The Women's Group ascertained from the 39 percent response they received from their questionnaires that 40 percent of the women surveyed currently used birth control and 28 percent had used the Family Planning Clinics in Carlisle or Harrisburg.