Another Women’s College Lost

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October 7, 2004

Mills College Weekly

Dear Editor,

The Board of Trustees of Wells College has just voted for the
school to go co-ed after more than a century of single-sex
education. Wells was more than just a school; it was a sanctuary
within which I was able to safely develop the leadership skills,
feminist consciousness, and personal charisma that characterize me
today.

Although I have always had the courage of my convictions, for
many of you I have never asked you personally to make a stand
before. However, this is a critical moment in Wells’ history, and
in the history of the women’s movement. Women’s colleges are being
forced to co-educate due to low enrollment and low investment. I am
writing today to ask your financial support- or, in the case that
you are unable to commit financially, your letters/calls/emails
denouncing the decision for the over 200 students (half of Wells’s
students) who are striking in MacMillan Hall at this very
moment.

I am pledging to invest in Wells College only if the Board
reverses the decision to co-educate and if it re-commits to
continuing as the unique and valuable community resource they have
always been. I am in over $50,000 educational debt, I make one of
the lowest possible salaries that a new attorney can make, I live
in Manhattan, and yet I am pledging $50 a month for the rest of my
professional life (or more if I can afford it – at a minimum of
$600 per year) once Wells reverses its decision. I ask only that
you pledge as much as you can- whether that’s $50 in a one-time
installment or $1,000 a year for five years- to help my beloved
school survive. If you can’t send money, send food. More than half
the students are camped out in the administrative building and they
need sustenance- send food to Save Our Sisterhood (the students
striking in MacMillan), c/o Wells College, Aurora, NY 13026. Or
write letters/make phone calls/send emails denouncing the decision
to the President and the Board. Thank you for all your support!
Let’s save the Sisterhood of Wells College!

Yoshi Bird


Another Women’s College Lost was published on October 7, 2004 in Letters to the Editor

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