November 6, 1944
Franklin D. Roosevelt won reelection to a fourth term. Both college newspapers favored him, but 56 percent of the students participating in a campus poll voted for his opponent, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey.
A few days before the election, Dean C. Mildred Thompson ’03 had joined 37 other nationally prominent women, including Barnard’s dean, Virginia Gildersleeve, and Constance Warren ’04, the president of Sarah Lawrence College, in an appeal to women voters on Roosevelt’s behalf. Declaring that the survival of American freedom and enterprise in the postwar era required “the creation of a strong and realistic world organization for peace,” the open letter from the group of Democrats, independents and registered Republicans, said, “we do not believe the Republican party as at present constituted is whole-heartedly committed to such a policy.” The New York Times