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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975. Interview G-0032. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Northern belief in education for women

Cornelia Spencer Love comments on her grandmother, Cornelia Phillips Spencer, and her belief in women's education, while stating that it was never a question that she herself would be college educated in the Northeast.

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Oral History Interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975. Interview G-0032. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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LEE KESSLER:
One thing that I was really interested in, I've read some of her papers and she was very determined that women should have an education. What sort of an influence did she have on your ideas of what you wanted to become? Did she encourage you to pursue a career?
CORNELIA SPENCER LOVE:
My dear, I never had any trouble at all. I lived there in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There was no question that I would not go to Radcliffe College. No question that I couldn't do anything I wanted to do. There were no difficulties. In all this talk about women's lib . . . for me, no.
LEE KESSLER:
It was always assumed that you would have some kind of training that would be of a professional [nature] . . . .
CORNELIA SPENCER LOVE:
Well, I would go to college. That's one reason that my parents stayed there in Cambridge, because my father had the offer of the presidency of Tulane when I was younger. They turned it down because they knew that the southern schools couldn't prepare my brother and me. We had excellent schools in Cambridge. Much better than they have now.