The Michigan League presents:
Interviewer: It’s interesting that all three of you met your husbands as students and married very shortly after you graduated.
Alumna: It was pretty much a pattern in those days.
Alumna: It certainly was.
Suzanne Meyer, Class of 1935: I just always had jobs but I never had a career. Henry was on a nine months appointment and I wasn’t looking for a fulltime job, ‘cause I worked with students and international things at the university.
Evelyn Alix, Graduated 1930’s: Well, I got a job immediately with the Detroit Children’s Aid Society but I made sure it was that close to Ann Arbor because Neree was still here. He was furious when he found out I was going to graduate in February. So, I guess I planned to use my degree and I did off and on and then later in life.
Interviewer: Dorothy, you married on graduation day.
Dorothy Novi Wilson, Class of 1939: Yes, and my husband was one year behind me so I took a graduate year, rather deliberately.
Edith Croak, Class of 1963: It was very clear to me that the message was get married and create the family, three or four kids. But, I look back and I realize that I’d been given another message all the way along in terms of my mother’s own example. And that was, she was a woman of ability, she had quite a responsible position when she became engaged and got married. She gave up that, she was in training to be a hospital administrator. When she gave up that position, and although she never complained, it was so clear to me, in looking back, she should have had a professional outlet. She did an enormous amount of volunteer work and did it very capably.
Susan Johnson, Class of 1965: Marriage was the preferred route for women that you could have careers but it should be alongside your family or as part of that, that women didn't sacrifice family or make the option to do that instead of family.
Did you come to college for marriage or your career?
Chandani Wiersba, Class of 2017, Public Policy Major, President of Yoni Ki Batt, Vice President of Women and Gender in Public Policy: I definitely came to college for my career but I would say more than my career, for education, not specifically wanting a degree just so I can get a job but also wanting a degree because it educates me in a way that just stepping out of high school wouldn’t educate me.
Florence Rivkin, Class of 2017, Organizational Studies Major, Community Action and Social Change Minor, Organizer of Women’s March on Washington: Love that that’s a question. I came here for a career, for sure. Even though my parents did meet here. So, that was definitely talked about to me (laughter).
Hannah Caywood, Class of 2017, Honors English, Ross School of Business, Member of Opportunities to Educate Children, Women’s Club Water Polo: I definitely came to college for my career. Ever since I was a kid my Mom has worked in the business world and so I’ve always grown up with a really positive female role model and I look to her for guidance throughout life and so when I was coming to college and selecting the degree that I would do, what my major would be, I definitely always reflected back on the fact that my Mom has always had such amazing opportunities in the business world and so I always was focused on going to Michigan for my career but it’s definitely really interesting to look back only a short time ago to see that that might not have been an option for some women.
Grace Wan, Class of 2017, Political Sciences Major, United Asian Americans Organization Board Member, President of the Asian Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Ginsberg Center Student Advisory Board Member: No, I did not come to college for my marriage. I did come to college for my career.
Allison Kurlak, Ross School of Business Class of 2017, Ross Career Services Peer Coach: Definitely career, yah, not marriage at all (laughter).
Mira Shane, Class of 2017, African American Studies Major, Women’s Lacrosse Goalie, Social Chair of 58 Greene A Capella: I would definitely say that, even though I do think of maybe meeting a possible spouse here, I came to college for me and for my career and what it can offer me later in my life as an individual and hopefully an empowered woman.
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