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Why Go To College
Alice Freeman Palmer

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This Etext prepared by: Stephanie L.  Johnson (Wellesley '91)
sljhnsn@ma.ultranet.com 

WHY GO TO COLLEGE? an Address 

BY ALICE FREEMAN PALMER
Formerly President of Wellesley College 

To a largely increasing number of young girls college doors are
opening every year.  Every year adds to the number of men who
feel as a friend of mine, a successful lawyer in a great city, felt
when in talking of the future of his four little children he said,
"For the two boys it is not so serious, but I lie down at night
afraid to die and leave my daughters only a bank account." Year
by year, too, the experiences of life are teaching mothers that
happiness does not necessarily come to their daughters when
accounts are large and banks are sound, but that on the contrary
they take grave risks when they trust everything to accumulated

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