[newspaper clipping] [handwritten note] F.D. Virginian ALL WOMEN NOT TO BE TEACHERS HUNDREDS OF OTHER WAYS FOR EDUCATED ONES TO BE OF USE TO SOCIETY COMMISSIONER WRITES DR. CLAXTON, OF U. S. BUREAU OF EDUCATION, FAVORS THE BILL FOR COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, Dr. P. P. Claxton, United States commissioner of education, in a letter to its advocates strongly endorses the co-ordinate woman's college bill now before the Senate Committee on Public Institutions. The letter was written to the Central Committee and was in response to a request for an opinion as to the merits of the bill.
Mr. Claxton who has been called to his present high position from the South, has studied educational problems in America and Europe for thirty years. He has been superintendent of city schools, instructor of teachers in a normal college, professor of educatin in the University of Tennessee and has addressed thousands of bodies of educators throughout the country.
The Letter The letter reads: Department of the Interior Bureau of Education, Washington, Jan 24, 1912. To the Central Committee interested in the establishment of a State College for Women at the University of Virginia:
Ladies and Gentlemen,-In reply to your recent communication permit me to say that I am greatly interested in your plans and in the bill [illegible] pending in the General Assembly of Virginia for the establishment of a co-ordinate college for women at the University of Virginia. By all means you ought to succeed, and this or some similar bill should be enacted into a law by the present Legislature of the State. No state can make any just claim to real Democracy that does not offer something like equal opportunity to all its children for education and for preparation for the duties and responsibilities of life. In this consists the essence of Democracy. This must include girls as well as boys. Modern life demands as large a degree of education, even if of somewhat different kind, for women as for men. If the State provides higher education for young men, it must provide in an equally generous way for the highest education of young women. I believe no thoughtful person can or will deny this. I believe the State of Virginia makes no provision for its women in schools above the high school grade except in the State normal schools. It is hardly to be supposed that all the young women in Virginia whose fuller and more complete education would be profitable to themselves and to the State are to be teachers in the elementary schools for which the normal schools prepare, or to be teachers of schools of any kind for that matter. In hundreds of other ways may educated women serve society, and the life of Virginia must be less rich and noble then it should be if it does not make a liberal provision for the education of its young women of ability. Certainly no one will doubt this, nor can any one doubt that many young women of one ability in Virginia must go without this higher education and the fuller development of their faculties and