WILLIAM SHANDS ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW COURTLAND, SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY VIRGINIA COURTS: STATE AND FEDERAL COMMISSIONER IN CHANCERY FOR CIRCUIT COURT SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VA. March 12th, 1914, Mrs. B. B. Munford, Richmond, Va, Dear Mrs Munford;-
I am sincerely glad that the Senate has passed the Co-ordinate Educational Bill and the great mass of our people in this section are heartily in favor it, and most earnestly I hope that the House of Delegates will at once, before the end of the session, likewise pass it.
On what real good ground any one has found to oppose such a far reaching and most meritorious bill, we yet have been unable to find out, The opponants of the measure seem to us "To have taken counsel of their fears, rather than their hopes", To-day the very trend of the times have, whether of her volition or not, forced woman to enter the many various avocations of life, to be in a great many instances the virtual head of and the bread wnner of the family. Such being the caese, she ought by all means to be given an even chance in life with man to best fit herself for the responsibilities and duties of life, Will a man be the worse off, because the woman he marries will not only be charming personally in looks; but likewise, be his intellectual equal in education, and be able to converse intelligently with him of his many perplexing business & matters? Surely not,Are the women of the suoth, and especially of Virginia, who have ever been in the forefront of all good moments, in peace and war, never faltering in their devotion to the very noblest and highest ideals and works of life; be compelled in order to get a higher education, such as the very trend of the times DEMAND, to go North where as is well known, in many of their best female colleges, no distinct is made