June 1971: AAUW Delegates Address the Issue of Sex Discrimination at Convention

Eighty-eight corporate delegates meet at the AAUW convention in Dallas to discuss the issue of sex discrimination on their campuses. The delegates, along with the AAUW Committee on Standards in Higher Education, pledge to produce within three months a set of guidelines for how to improve the status of women students. At the convention workshop on the subject, Ruth Oltman, AAUW staff associate for higher education, passionately states, “It is hard to understand why it has taken so long for women’s rights as individuals to be recognized. It is particularly difficult to understand why higher education has not taken the leadership in this movement or why it has required government action to force compliance with law and with the spirit of fairness and dignity of human relationship — for which there is no sex factor.”