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Working For Victory
A atharine Ogden
To begin my message for the 1943 Rivista by saying that this is a history-making
year is only to repeat what we all think and feel as we read the morning's headlines, as
we listen over the radio to the voices of President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill,
Mme. Chiang Kai Shek, or even as we turn in coupon No. 17 for a pair of sturdy new
shoes. It is exciting to be experiencing all this history, even though each day presents
new problems, new decisions to be made, new responsibilities.
Since one of the difficulties which we all face in 1943 is having less time for more
jobs, some of our most important decisions have been what to do and what not to do-
what is worthwhile and what we cannot afford in time and energy. This is a personal
problem for each of us, and demands the quality of mind and character which college
entrance committees call "maturity". In normal times a girl can develop this discrimin-
ation slowly, but not in wartime! She has to plan her school day more carefully so she
can do her research reading, or her laboratory preparation without extra mileage. She
has to manage to have a week of lunch hours free when her turn comes to be on "D. P.".
She knows she cannot manage both junior-Senior Play rehearsals and basketball practices
after school, so she has to choose between them.
Perhaps even more difficult are the decisions with regard to out-of-school demands.
Most families are managing these days with less help than formerly and Liggett girls
must do their share of "D. P." or "K. P." on the home front. Then there are the oppor-
tunities for First Aid and Home Nursing classes which are so worthwhile- for every girl
and woman in peace or war. Liggett School has warmly endorsed the junior AWVS and
enthusiastically enlisted in its ranks and gives generously of precious Saturday time to
this volunteer organization.
When vacations come Detroit girls have an opportunity, even an obligation, to help
with some of the many jobs clamoring for them because of the acute manpower shortage.
This is a splendid chance to broaden one's horizon, know a different group of people,
learn new techniques, or even gather ideas about what one really wants to make one's life
profession. Several girls have attempted Saturday jobs during the school session, but most
of them have decided, after a fair trial, that it is unwise. Health comes first, school obli-
gations second, and then whatever we can do for the war effort.
For never before in history has the education of the girls who are now in high school
and college been so vital. The building ,of the post-War world must certainly be done by
trained people. The boys who are fighting on the battlefields or on the seven seas have
no chance to study Principles of Democracy or Economics. Even the boys who are still
in school are concentrating on technical courses designed to make them the engineers,
the chemist , the radio experts the War requires. It is the college graduate who has
majored in history, in languages, in economics, in government or in social problems who
will be drafted to help win the Peace. We cannot say this too often, nor feel it too
strongly, and while there are often times when the routine of our school life seems dull,
when we long for the "glamor" of more immediate service, we can comfort ourselves by
knowing that it is the firm conviction of all experts that we are putting in the ground-
work-just by being faithful in day by day school tasks and developing maturity-for an
important post-war contribution to the history of the world.