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TECHNOLOGY WOMEN DO THEIR BIT
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted at the meeting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Women's Association, held at the Institute on Friday, April 27.
Be it Resolved, that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Women's Association pledge its allegiance to the federal and state governments in the present crisis, and tender the services of its members in any direction in which they may be needed.
Be it Resolved, that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Women's Association express its appreciation of the work of the able and indefatigable Alumni Committee on Mobilization of Technology's Resources, and pledge its loyal support and coöperation in those efforts in any direction in which its members may be fitted to be of service.
The following motions were also unanimously carried:
(1) That we accept the suggestion in Mr. Litchfield's letter that we as Technology women assume the organization of the friendly care of the families of Tech men who go into the army, navy, or government industrial service.
(2) That the president be empowered to appoint a committee of five members to prepare in connection with the Alumni Committee a supplementary mobilization sheet for Tech women.
MABEL KEYES BABCOCK, '08, President.
The following article by Miss Mabel Keyes Babcock, '08, president of the Technology Women's Association, gives the best information concerning the important work which is being done not only by Tech alumnae, but by the Technology matrons and that larger group, the Friends of Technology, which is being founded to aid in the work of providing for the men in Paris and at the front.
The Technology women who are signing up the supplementary mobilization card issued by the Women's Association are showing a fine Technology spirit.
This card is designed to bring out two relations: that of the individual to national service, and the type of assistance to be offered to Mrs. Cunningham's Committee of Friends of Technology, which is behind the Technology Center in France.
The inquiry is short, but seems to be clear and sufficient to bring
1. Training and experience.
2. Ability to work for emergency service.
3. Present war service.
4. Type of assistance to be offered to the women's special work for Technology.
Much important work during this war and after will be preëminently women's work. In it Technology women will lead and are leading all over the country. By Technology women we mean every woman who ever attended the Institute, whether for a short time or a long time, a regular or special student, for everyone gained something of that we call Technology spirit, the respect for thoroughness, accuracy and honest accomplishment.
Now is the time to bear witness to that spirit. We cannot all lead, most of us must follow, but all can help the committee gather its resources quickly by sending in the registration card promptly. Whatever your ability, whatever your condition, no matter how much you are doing elsewhere, we need your coöperation, and Technology will appreciate your devotion as well as that of her men. There must be no slackers among the women, and the returning cards give assurance there will be none.
From Chicago the private secretary to the Committee on Laws, Chicago office of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, writes: “I'll do willingly anything I can do. We have a spare room in our home and the latch string will always be out to any woman with Technology affiliations or members of a family of any Institute man." The vice-chairman of the Hudson Board of Red Cross, secretary and treasurer of Red Cross War Fund Campaign Committee of Taunton, writes: "I am willing to do anything I can for Technology men in service. It hardly seems practical for me to specify what time I could give, especially as I am fully occupied with my dates in my own town. However, if I can serve my country better by giving up work in my own town, and if it were necessary, I can and will live in Boston and give all my time to it."
Another writes: "I am holding a position that is held by men in every other branch of our company in this country. I have held this position for nearly fifteen years, and am thoroughly conversant with every detail of the department work. I know practically
nothing about any other line of work. One of my clerks has already enlisted. There are two others and one of them is subject to draft. With the uncertainties which are before us, I feel that my duty lies in staying where I can be of service to my company, for there must be somebody who can look after the truck tires, so that deliveries can be made without delays, for in times of storm, hold-up means much to those concerned. In your circular letter you mentioned 'preparation of supplies.' If I can help in this
work or in any of the work of which you speak, after hours, I shall be very glad to do it."
Another: "Am not an expert in anything. I have an ordinarily good brain and possibly a pair of more than ordinarily good hands. Have made surgical dressings for two years at the French Volunteer Rooms. Will assist the Technology Committee in any way I can be useful."
The committee's announcements of plans as they mature will be made through The Tech. Begin your service by subscribing to it, and get direct from headquarters information, inspiration, opportunity and instruction.
The following is the text of the letter sent to the Technology women for mobilizing them into war service:
"Dear Fellow Alumna:
"The Alumni Association of Technology is establishing a Technology Center in France, and an Auxiliary Association of women interested in the Institute under a central committee in Boston. Mrs. Edward Cunningham, chairman, to especially plan for the welfare of Institute men in service.
"Every woman who has ever had Technology affiliations will be under obligation to do her part. The lines of work will include correspondence and visiting with families of men in service, and possibly advice and friendly counsel in time of emergency. There will be preparation of supplies, reading and recreation matter and such other work as may be deemed advisable as the plan develops. "Please signify your hearty coöperation with this movement by answering the questions on enclosed card affirmatively. Your prompt attention is requested to the entire registration card for the reason that the government is now applying to Technology for recommendations of trained women for special positions and we are very desirous that our national service shall be that of placing our women where their special training shall become most effective. MABEL KEYES BABCOCK, '08, President."
Besides Miss Babcock's organization, Mrs. Cunningham and others closely interested in the work in Paris and at the front make the following appeal for their work:
To Technology men and women and all interested in the work of Technology in the war: The Friends of Technology, an organization formed to provide for the men at the front and coöperate with wives and mothers left behind, urge you to join its membership. The Central Committee comprises Mrs. Edward Cunningham, chairman; Miss Mabel K. Babcock, Mrs. Harry M. Goodwin, Mrs. Frederick T. Lord, Miss Evelyn Walker, and Mrs. Edwin S. Webster.
Watch The Tech for an account of its undertakings, and send one dollar initiation fee for the duration of the war, to Mr. W. K. Curtis, Treasurer, 702 Sears Building, Boston. Generous donations have been made to the treasury, more must be secured. The work which can be done is limited only by the amount of support which it receives. Your personal coöperation as a friend and as a worker is desired. The membership is open to men and women, graduates or friends of graduates, in all parts of the world where Technology and its standards are known.
So interested did Mrs. Cunningham become in the possibilities of the Technology Center in Paris that during July and August she spent two afternoons a week at the Institute in Cambridge in active work with her committee. Mrs. Cunningham, widow of Edward Cunningham, '91, from the outbreak of the war has shown a great and useful interest in the welfare of the Tech men who must help to fight that war. It was she who furnished the $25,000 necessary for the use of the summer surveying camp at East Machias as a training camp in military engineering for sophomores, a project which the Joint Committee hit upon to prevent the men from the under classes from drifting away from the Institute during the summer and which was doubtful of success had it not been for Mrs. Cunningham's appreciation of its necessity. The camp was named Camp Cunningham in memory of her husband. Mrs. Cunningham was also one of those first interested in the idea of a Tech Hospice in Paris and was energetic in helping put the plan through to accomplishment. The ambulance unit went abroad generously provided with comforts and appliances for work supplied by her, and the men in Maine have also received frequent evidence of her thoughtfulness for their welfare. The men in the
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aviation school at Cambridge, who had little chance for country air or recreation, were invited over week-ends to her summer home at Westwood and through her interest Mr. W. Cameron Forbes became interested in the Tech spirit and built a regulation military rifle range on his adjoining estate at Ellis, which the Tech Junior Battalion was invited to use for practice, during week-end camping trips on his farm.
Tech Men For Red Cross Work in Russia
Dr. George C. Whipple, professor of sanitary engineering at the Institute, C.-E. A. Winslow, '98, professor at Yale, and Henry J. Horn, '88, will accompany a special Red Cross Commission to be sent to Russia as the first step of the plan of relief organization "to do something immediately to hearten" that country, it was announced in a statement issued in July by Henry P. Davidson, chairman of the Red Cross war council.
The commission, which is to make an extensive study of the needs of the Russian nation, will be composed of a group of eminent men from all over the United States and will carry with it a quantity of medical supplies and surgical instruments for distribution to the hospitals, institutions, and Red Cross organizations in Russia. The purpose of the commission will be to ascertain along the broadest possible lines in what manner the Red Cross can extend most effective relief work to the wounded, and what can be done to help the needy and suffering civilian population.
"In coöporation with the American railroad commission already in Russia," an announcement sent out today from the Red Cross headquarters said, "the Red Cross commission will study the problem of transportation, especially with reference to making sure that shipments of relief supplies may reach destinations without delay. For this special work the commission has as one of its members Henry J. Horn, formerly vice-president of the New Haven railroad. In addition to the foregoing, the members of the commission are J. W. Andrews, Thomas Thatcher and Dr. Orrin Weightman.
"The determination of how American relief on a large scale can best be administered in Russia will not be made by the Red Cross war council until after preliminary investigation by this special commission."