December 5, 1940
Chaired by Dr. Barbara B. Stimson '19, a group of fifty women, representing eighteen national organizations and several state and federal offices, met at Vassar for a Conference on National Defense. "The purpose of this meeting," said Dr. Stimson in her opening remarks, "is to fashion a working program, constructive and cooperative, in which each woman may find her place, not temporarily in the emotional rush 'to do something,' but permanently in the rational desire to make each community strong for defense and strong for peace." Session chairmen were Vassar trusteeKathryn Starbuck '11: Helen Kenyon '05; Jean Ellis Poletti '25 and Dean C. Mildred Thompson '03. President Henry Noble MacCracken also attended the conference.