Several years ago, I participated in a women’s history conference at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Amen, amen, amen, I said, when I read the quote on the entrance wall by Ellen Browning Scripps who founded Scripps in 1926– “The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently and the ability to live confidently courageously and hopefully–“

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