To the Editor:
Re “After Barnard Gets Obama for Speech, Tensions With Columbia Bubble Up” (news article, March 6):
The critics at Columbia University who are angry that President Obama, a Columbia alumnus, selected Barnard for a commencement address flunked the seminar in issue management.
As a Barnard student in the late 1950s, when women were still being encouraged to earn their Mrs. degree, Barnard was at the forefront of telling women that they could accomplish anything they aspired to, including both career and family.
With the obvious war on women the Republicans are waging in the guise of a war on religion, the president has the perfect audience to enunciate his theme of equality for all, regardless of gender, and for his insistence that women be allowed the same freedoms that men have had for centuries.
That includes determining their own biological destinies.
I won’t argue which is the more prestigious institution, though from the moment I decided on my top pick for university, Columbia did not figure. I am proud to be a Barnard graduate, infused with the same fire for women’s aspirations that Barnard gave me half a century ago.
Pebble Beach, Calif., March 6, 2012
Note from KBJ: Let me get this straight. Women should be free to murder their unborn children? The letter writer lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land.