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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920

Women Advance!

Women Advance!

It is seldom that women students have anything better to do than cut sandwiches for social teas, hence it was a pleasant surprise to be circularised about an International Federation of Women Graduates. Unfortunately, so far, Victoria College has been unable to do her bit to "internationalise." The first step will be, of course, to form a New Zealand Women Graduates' Association. This in itself will be an excellent thing if it but accomplishes the establishment of a scholarship for women on the same lines as the Rhodes. It win be very useful, too, if it can act as an intelligence bureau and introducing agent to universities overseas.

We quote from an English paper:—"The first annual conference of the International Federation of University Women has been held page 32 this week at Bedford College. Professor Caroline Spurgeon took the chair at the inaugural meeting on July 15th, when Lord Grey was the chief speaker. The value of such a Federation is best summed up in the words of Lord Grey: 'I asked when in America what were the chief obstacles to a thorough understanding between the two countries. One of the most interesting replies given to me was from an American University woman. "I think" she said, "that the two chief obstacles are—in England—ignorance of the United States, and in the United States misconception of England." The answer applies not only to the relations between America and Great Britain, but very much to international relations generally. . . The cure for ignorance is knowledge, and the cure for misconception is truth.... You will not have good relations and which secure peace of any two nations unless the Universities of those two nations are in touch and friendship with each other."