2. would insure for it, if not success, at least a thoroughly creditable vote
4. That as the work of the Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense and developed, [scratched out 'it was my duty,] ,(if I was forced to a choice between the Co-Ordinate College Bill and my attention to the work of that Committee,) thus patriotism and the necessities of the situation demanded that I make this war work my first duty: it being also a fact that every woman present, and we believed the women out in the State, were involved, as I was, in necessary patriotic work that must demand our first attention. We therefore decided since the leadership of the largest responsibility for the passage of any bill was at the time entirely upon the shoulders of our Committee, that the best we could do under the untoward circumstances, which confronted us, which we could not control, was to issue a statement, upon the assembling of the Legislature, based upon the following statements:
1. Recalling to the minds of the Legislature that for eight years we had pressed upon their attention the wisdom and necessity for creating at the State University a Co-Ordinate College for women.
2. That we believed the demands of the war and post war period, which would be made upon women both by the withdrawal of trained men and by the new duties, which the new world conditions demanded of them, as women, emphasized as never before the necessity for the provision for them by the State in connection with the University of the broadest and fullest training possible.
3. That we retired with the deepest regret from the active prosecution of a campaign for the passage of the Co-ordinate College Bill: that our retirement was due to the fact that we felt our first duty was to the various forms of patriotic service in which we were all engaged, the demands of which commanded fully our time and strength; that we believed, since we had brought to attention of the Legislature of Virginia, during eight years, the necessity for the creation of a Co-ordinate College, we might well leave, in the midst of our war duties, the burden and disposition of this matter to the Legislature of Virginia, hoping for the good of the State, they would find it in their hearts to grant relief from the anomalous conditions, which called upon women for heroic and unprecedented service and failed to make provision for giving them the training, which much of such service of necessity involved. Our purpose in addition was to endeavor to circulate our literature, to send letters to our city and county chairmen, to the members of the Legislature, and in every way practical, to prepare the minds of the Legislature to make provision at this session for the highest education of women at the University. We realized that in the issuance of the statement suggested, we were not insisting that the Co-ordinate College was the one thing possible to be done at the University. We felt that we had already made it plain that the Co-ordinate College was the thing we desired and believed the wisest solution of the matter, but since we were forced to retire from an active campaign and the support of our own bill, we thought we should not attempt to suggest to the Legislature what should be their method of handling the situation. The women's position seemed to be about what mine is, as stated at our conference at the University of Virginia, but that if it was impossible to secure a Co-ordinate College, we prefer co-education to nothing, and did not wish to do anything that would make it impossible, if we desired to support co-education when Co-ordination ceased to be a practical proposition.