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ROASTED HAM

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Truly it is distressing to see Mary Woolley up in arms at the selection of Dr. Roswell Ham as President of Mount Holyoke. "Tell It to the Marines" was her summary of his qualifications to succeed her in office. It is not clear whether she hopes he will return to his war-time profession or whether she speaks as delegate-emeritus to the Disarmament Conference. An excess of self-conscious femininity started the tempest in South Hadley, and the longer the feathers and epithets fly between the women the closer their claim of equality approaches a slur on the dominant sex.

Facts triumphantly cited in here pamphlet do not support the Woolley claim that the Trustees were sexually biassed. Seventy prominent women came up for examination and were rejected during the two year search, but only after three women turned down the offer did it go to a man. Nonetheless Dr. Woolley stands on record as desiring a woman, any woman, in preference to a competent man. Such opposition before he takes office must be acutely embarrassing to Dr. Ham. In reality by breaking the century old tradition of its greatest fort the shows that the feminist movement has come of age. When men and women can easily replace each other in office, the latter have won their equality. Dr. Wooley's attitude sorely hurts her own cause, for not only does she act in an unsportsmanlike way, but she tells the world that her group of women are rather unsure of their position, are sensitive and touchy about acceptance of their dogma.

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