The Hickory Limb

The Hickory Limb

The Hickory Limb

The Hickory Limb

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The Reverend BROCKHURST MORGAN once wrote in an article published in Harper's Magazine : "That the influence of men among women--the right kind of men--is superior to that of the average woman, is one of those facts which grow upon the mind by the simple process of experience."

Not long after this general law had thus been oracled, in 1913, I too was considering the matter. As a Yale professor-- assistant professor, to be exact--it was my duty to believe that however important a man might be among women, such a value was incommensurable with the desirability of continuing to teach at Yale, Mother of MEN. "You are throwing your life away to go off and teach gifts at Smith College," said a frank colleague. "Leave women to women; a man's business is with men. Look at Woodrow Wilson, who hated Bryn Mawr so cordially, as he said. You'll be a fish out of water, up there."

New Haven, certainly, was a man's town. The athletes were its heroes. Men never talked to women on social occasions. They got off by themselves for real talk. But perhaps Yale went a bit too far in accentuating the masculine. There were other points of view.

There were men in some cities who designed women's dress, coiffure, and complexion. Men artists painted portraits of women without loss of caste. Physicians healed women, and specialized in the art. Might not a man design a pattern of education for women, if a design were needed, and still respect himself as man? I knew, of course, how men in western universities la-

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