Above, in the section devoted to the administration of President
Gaines, some account was given of the admission to the College of
certain classes of women. The demand continued for the admission of
others, and in particular of women of junior and senior grade. It was
represented that this would be of great service to the denomination
and many Baptist women students.
From the Baptist junior colleges, young women were graduating
and were going to other institutions to complete their college work.
Among them were not a few who could not find the work desired in
Meredith College or in any other Baptist college for women, and on
that account they were going in increasing numbers to the University
of North Carolina and other institutions, where they could get the
instruction they desired. With them often went their brothers and
friends, who normally would attend Wake Forest. If Wake Forest
College would admit them they would go there, since they desired to
be in a Baptist college. Another consideration was that for the
duration of the war the income from studetns' fees would be
materially lessened by the drafting for the armed services of those
who would be regularly among the students of the College, and that
this loss might be reduced by the fees of the young women from the
junior colleges who would not go to Meredith College in any event.
Influenced by these considerations the Board of Trustees at a
special meeting, January 15, 1942, voted to adopt a recommendation
of Dean D. B. Bryan to admit young women of junior and senior
standing on the same terms as men for the duration. This action was
afterwards modified by striking out the restriction "for the duration of
the war." There was some objection by those who feared that the
action proposed would injure Meredith College, and insisted that the
question should be referred to the
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