SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE WOMEN MISS ELIZABETH AVERY COLTON, PRESIDENT MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, N.C.
MISS MARY LEAL HARKNESS, SECRETARY SOPHIE NEWCOMB COLLEGE, NEW ORLEANS, LA
MRS. PRENTISS B. REED, TREASURER 1419 WHITAKER STREET, BIRMINGHAM. ALA.
MISS ELEANOR ELMIRA REAMES , ASSISTANT TO SEC. SOPHIE NEWCOMB COLLEGE, NEW ORLEANS, LA
MISS CARRIE MAE PROBST, 1st VICE-PRESIDENT GOUCHER COLLEGE, BALTIMTORE, MD.
MISS RHODA KAUFMAN, 2nd VICE-PRESIDENT 301 WASHINGTON STREET, ATLANTA, GA
MRS. JOHN UDDEN, ASSISTANT TO TREASURER 208 S. PEARL STREET, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.
MISS EMILY HELEN DUTTON, AUDITOR TENNESSEE COLLEGE, MURFREESBORO, TENN.
February 6, 1916.
Hon,. Kenneth M. Gilpin State Capital, Richmond, Va.
My dear Sir: - - The Southern Association of College Women at its annual meeting in Atlanta last April passed a resolution expressing its approval of the movement to establish a co-ordinate college for women in connection with the University of Virginia. Our Association feels strongly that such action on the part of the Legislature of Virginia will benefit not only the women of Virginia but the men and women in every southern state.
In the first place the establishment of a woman's college co-ordinate with your State University would do much toward creating a general sentiment in favor of the democratic educational ideal that women as human beings have "an absolute and unconditioned right to develop the mental stature they are capable of" and that it is the duty of each state to provide for its women educational opportunities equal to those it provides for its men.
The action would, also, eventually lead to the general recognition of the fact that the competent administration of the home - woman's chief vocation - demands intellectual as well as practical training and that the spiritual as well as the physical advancement of the race depends largely on an educated womanhood. Will you not, therefore, use your influence for the passage of the bill to establish in Virginia a college for women co-ordinate with you State University for men?
Yours very sincerely, Elizabeth A. Colton