Tue 21 Apr 2009
Right now, the outline for my paper is as follows:
My paper shall seek to answer the question “Were the Trustees right in 1909 when they stated women were winning more awards because they had more time.”
- A short history of the issue will be presented in the introduction, focusing mainly on the 1909 Trustee minutes, and the histories of Dickinson by Sellers and Morgan.
My tentative thesis is as follows: The 1909 statement by the board of Trustees that women at Dickinson were winning a disproportionate number of awards because they had too much time on their hands does contain a grain of truth. Through an analysis of the membership clauses of student clauses, the Microcosm, and student surveys covering the years 1885 – 1915, this paper will show that while women were involved on Dickinson’s campus, they were not nearly as involved as their male counterparts. This trend of women’s comparative uninvolvement suggests that there may be some credence to the Trustee’s 1909 allegations.
II. Analyisis of Student Clubs
- Belle Lettres change in constitution to exclude women
- UPS change in constitution to exclude women
- Sellers and Morgan on dominance of Literary Societies in campus life
- Analysis of class of 1907’s involvement in organizations, sorted male – female
- Analysis of classes of 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1909 for involvement, sorted male – female
IV. 1955 Student Surveys from the years 1885 – 1915
- Analysis of male reaction to student organization question in period 1905-10
- Analysis of female reaction to same across entire time period