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Langill, Ellen D.
Chapter 2: Women at Wisconsin: 1909-1939,   pp. 11-30

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also warned, however, of the "winds of war" that would call forth
the utmost
energies of campus women. "The threats of war make it important that
have and disseminate all possible information about new work for women. .
and also the ramifications of the defense program for our women students."'4
In the thirty years from 1909 to 1939, women at UW-Madison had grown
from the status of sheltered and segregated "coeds" to full participants
campus life - proving their excellence in scholarship, in leadership, and
cultural and political activities. Sprung from complacency by one war and
their own battles for suffrage and for equality, they were ready to play
a role
in another war, in the armed forces, in the medical corps, in industry, or
campus organizations. It remained for campus women in the decades after
1945 to continue the slow process of achieving full equality on the campus,
to carry on the progress "thus far so nobly advanced."
Notes to Chapter 2
1. Wisconsin Cardinal, 2 April 1908, p. 1.
Cardinal, 13 & 14 April 1908, p.1.
Dr. Byron Robinson, "Segregation," Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, October
1908, pp. 66 &
2. Wardon A. Curtis, "The Movement Against Co-Education at the University
of Wisconsin,"
The Independent, August 1908, p. 323.
3. Charles Johnston, "Co-Education at Close Range," Harper's Weekly
Magazine. June 1909,
pp. 24 & 25.
4. Blanche Trilling, "History of Physical Education for Women at the
University of Wisconsin
1889- 1915," University Archives, p. 6.
Cardinal, 17 March 1910, pp. 1-6.
5. Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, November 1909, p. 329.
6. Ibid.
7. Alumni Magazine, 11 March 1911, p. 263.
Merle Curti and Vernon Carstensen, The University of Wisconsin 1848-1925,
Volume 2,
(Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1949), pp. 498 & 499.
8. Merle Curti and Vernon Carstensen, "The University of Wisconsin to
1925," in Allen G.
Bogue, ed., The University of Wisconsin, 125 Years, (Madison: University
of Wisconsin
Press, 1975), pp. 30, 31.
9. University of Wisconsin Regents Reports, 1909, p. 224.
"Dean of Women's Report," Regents Reports, 1911-12, p. 200.
10. "Statistics: Dean of Women's Office," University Archives,
Dean of Women's Files.
11. Lois Mathews, "Report of the Dean of Women," Regents Reports,
1914-15, p. 208.
12. Ibid.
13. "Student Life at the University of Wisconsin," University of
Wisconsin Archives File, Series
14. Ibid.
15. Ibid.
16. Mathews, Regents Reports, 1911-12, p. 200.
17. "Our Women Over the Years," Wisconsin Cardinal, 15 April 1959,
p. 4.
18. Cardinal, 25 May 1910, p. 1.

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