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Women's Position In Industry,
Business Explained By Speakers

'Survival of Fittest' To Decide <
Women's Future In Industry
That the "survival of the fittest"
will determine women's place in in-
dustry after the close of the war was
one of the main points stressed by the
three speakers at the occupational
conference last night.
H. D. Brown, employment manager
of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, em-
phasized that women's future status
will depend on the amount of effort
exerted and efficiency shown during
the present crisis. "As a temporary
measure, it is expected that women
will comprise over 50 per cent of plant
personnel by July," he said.
Schools Established
Apprentice schools have been insti-
tuted which have given over 22,000
courses designed to train employees
for specific jobs at the Willow Run
plant, Mr. Brown said, and added
that, "it takes longer to train a girl
than a boy because a girl is more or
less timid when it comes to handling
tools; she must be acclimated to her
job and must gain confidence and
Among the many positions open to
women Mr. Brown listed those of de-
partmental 'clerks, stenographers,
typists, timekeepers, workers in the
small parts assembly department,
electrical assembly, and riveting de-
partments, the latter being especially
Speaking for personnel, J. E. Wal-
ters, vice-president of the Revere
Copper and Brass Co. of Rome, N.Y.,
stated that, "A girl seeking work in
personnel should include in her col-
lege curriculum work in psychology
(including statistics), economics, and
business administration."
Not All Easy Work
A special need for women is felt in'
records and research departments,
according to Mr. Walters, who also
emphasized that personnel work does
not consist solely of interviewing peo-
ple for jobs but includes much routine
work "bordering on drudgery."
Hubert C. Smith, metallurgist with
Michigan's Great Lakes Steel Co.,
discussed the many opportunities for
women scientists and engineers and
brought out some of the disadvan-
tages prevalent in factory work.

'Finish College' Is Advice Given
Coeds Seeking Business Career
"Complete your college education,
even though business men are crying
for labor now," urged Mrs. Florence
V. Weeman, and Miss Mattiegrace
Sharpe, two of the four speakers at
the Occupational Conference yester-
Representing the Michigan Bell
Telephone Co. and the Detroit Edison
Co. respectively, these two speakers
emphasized the fact that college wo-
men are badly needed to advance to
the higher administrative positions
in their companies.
Must Have Initiative
Both answered specific questions as
to qualifications for successful office
workers, mainly stenographers and
secretaries. "A stenographer must be
qualified to do the job and must have,
back of her mechanical qualifica-
tions, initiative, a good personality,
disposition and a real keenness and
desire to do good honest work," ac-
cording to Miss Sharpe.
Mrs. Weeman emphasized that,
"Need for trained people is going to
be even greater after the war than it
is now."
Women college graduates have an
important role in the International.
Business Machines Co. according to
Mr. U. B. O'Loughlin, director of the
company and speaker at the Confer-
ence. They not only operate electric
accounting machines but also teach
others the mechanism and techniques
Three Months Training
After a three months training per-
iod, with all expenses paid plus five
dollars a week, women in this work
are assigned to one of the 76 offices
in the country at a salary of $150 a
Mr. John D. Goodell, engineer in
charge of the Coordinating Engineer-
ing Unit, U.S. Signal Corps of Detroit,
explained the value of academic
training combined with a technical
flair in the wide variety of positions
which this branch of the War Depart-
ment offers to women.
Positions in this field come under
the Civil Service Commission, but
those interested may make arrange-
ments for an interview at 3101 W.
Grand Blvd., Detroit.

War Reporting Course Offered
In keeping with the policy to adapt in advanced news writing.
courses to fit the war effort, the De- This change is for the benefit of
partment of Journalism will offer those who may efiter the Intelligence
students training in the reporting of Division or who plan -to do editorial
international affairs and war com- or reporting work in connection with
munications by altering its course war activities.

Paralysis Drive
Will Be Held
Jan.18 To 30
'March Of Dimes' To Be Part
Of Annual Campaign; Theatres,
Stores, Banks Will Participate
The concentration of war-workers
in this territory increases the impor-
tance of the annual infantile paraly-
sis drive for funds, which will be held
from Monday, Jan. 18 to the Presi-
dent's birthday, Saturday, Jan. 30.
As yet no quota has been set, but it
is hoped that Washtenaw county will
reach last year's total contributions.
Mrs. Glenn D. McGeogh is Chair-
man of the Washtenaw County Cam-
paign Committee and is assisted by
Mrs. Palmer Christian. Headquarters
for the drive are at Room 602, First
National Bank Building with Mrs.
Mary McCarty acting as volunteer
Gifts Division Planned
Definite plans include a special
gifts division in charge of Mrs. J. J.
Walker which will begin to operate a
week before the drive opens; a march
of dimes under the supervision of
Mrs. Robert Wurster; booths and coin
boxes to be distributed in theatres,
hospitals, banks, stores, and lectures;
and a film, 'Report to the People",
for the school children.
Marion Thompson, '45, and Robert
Johnson, '43, are in charge of the ap-
peal to University students. At the
League, Mrs. Leona Diekema will or-
ganize the infantile drive activities.
Newsboys Distribute Cards1
Everyone in Ann Arbor will receive,
from the newsboys, cards with slots
for dimes to help the control of this
serious disease. Infantile paralysis is
even more of a threat to the people
now than in peace time, for there is a
shortage of civilian doctors.
It is hoped that Ann Arbor will
realize the genuine need of the nation
and will fill the jumbo boxes distribu-
ted for their convenience, plus return-
ing their cards to join the march of
Leaders' Class
To Meet Today
Fifth meeting in the series of the
WAA Leadership program will be held
at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Barbour gym.
Time of the meeting has been
changed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., be-
cause of the Occupational Confer-
ence, according to Shelby Dietrich,
'45, chairman of the Voluntary Phys-
ical Fitness project.
Sue Cone, '43, secretary of the WAA
Board, will speak on the subject of
"Leisure Time Activity and Its Rela-
tion to Leadership." Following this,
those attending will march into the
gym where a new set of exercises
will be presented by Helen Clarke,
Athletic managers and leaders are
requested to bring their house par-
ticipation reports, and they are to be
reminded to bring tennis shoes.
There will be a regular monthly
meeting for athletic managers of
dormitories, league houses and soror-
ities at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, at the'
WAB. The final leadership meeting
of the Physical Fitness program will
be held at 4 p.m. next Friday.
Activities Planned
For Indoor Season
By Basketball Club
Plans for the activities of the WAA
Basketball Club have already been

formulated by Helen Garrels, '44,
club manager.
According to Miss Garrels, the first
meeting of the organization will be
held Thursday, Feb. 11, at Barbour
gym, and games will be played at 5
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at
the gym for the rest of the second
semester indoor season. The first
two meetings will consist of movies
and instruction only.
There will be six basketball teams,
and a round-robin tournament will
be conducted. All those interested
in joining the club are to contact
Miss Garrels immediately.
Captains of the teams have been
selected and are as follows: Nancy
Bercaw, '43; Doris Barr, '44Ed, and
Phyllis Buck, '44A, co-captains; Obe-
line Elser, '45; Ruth Mayer, '46;
Dorothy Rouse, '44, and Barbara
Wallace, '45.
Miriam Dalby will hold a meet-
ing of all junior women on the
dormitory committee of JGP at
5:00 p.m. today at the League.
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'U'Women File
For War Work
League Interviews To Answer
Plea For Help By Local Plants
Seventy-six University women have
answered the appeal to fill vital jobs
in local war industries, according to
Peg Ihling, '43, chairman of the War
Activities Committee for Women.
Interviewing and application was
held from 4 to 6 p.m. yesterday, at
the League, by Mrs. Donald Cooper,
representative of the United States
Employment Agency, and Josephine
Fitzpatrick, '44, head of the Volunteer
Placement Bureau of the Women's
War Activities Committee.
To Begin Immediately
Next week, the 76 applicants will be
interviewed at a local war plant.
Many of them will begin working
immediately at inspection and assem-
bly. Others will take their jobs at the
beginning of the new semester.
They will have their choice of two
shifts, either from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
or from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., six
days a week. Those wishing to work
the latter shift must check their scho-
lastic and health records with the
office of the Dean of Women.
Initiated by Manpower Corps
The move to fill the critical short-
age of labor in 200 jobs in local war
industries was initiated at the begin-
ning of the week by the Manpower
Corps, headed by Mary Borman, '43..
The matter was then referred to the
Women's War Activities Committee
Swhich has since been doing the orga-
According to Miss Ihling, the re-
sponse of 76 women so near the end1
of the semester has been very grati-
fying. Anyone else who is interested in
volunteering should contact Miss
Fitzpatrick at the League.
Rep. Luce Makes
Her First S ip
WASHINGTON.-(A)-Clare Booth
Luce, glamorous playwright, walked
into the House ante-room as a mem-
ber of Congress for the first time to-
day and was hailed by the page, who
asked with a smile: "Mrs. Luce, do
you want me to be a friend of yours?"
"Most certainly," she replied.
"Well," he answered, "your slip is

* * *
The engagement of Margaret Ihl-
ing, '43, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
0. R. Ihling, of Kalamazoo, to Ken-
neth Nelson, '42E, was announced at
a dinner party at the Gamma Phi
Beta house. Mr. Nelson is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thom Nelson,
of Westfield, New Jersey.
Miss Ihling has been chairman of
War Activities for Women since its
inception last February, and pre-
viously had been active on various
committees of the League. In her
sophomore year she acted as decora-
tions chairman for Soph Cabaret, and
was co-chairman of the 7-11 Club
during her junior year. She is affili-
ated with Gamma Phi Beta sorority
and Scroll.
During his senior year at the Uni-
versity, Mr. Nelson was secretary of
Tau Beta Pi, and a member of Phi
Kappa Phi and Iota Alpha, honor
societies. He was also in charge of
ordinance classes in the engineering
school and a member of Alpha Sigma
Phi fraternity.
No wedding. plans for the couple
have yet been announced.
The engagement of Suzanne
Wood, '44, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. H. G. Wood, of Birmingham,
to Peter Hogg, '45D, son of Mr. and
Mrs. G. Paul Hogg, also of Bir-

mingham, was announced by the
bride-elect's parents.
Miss Wood is affiliated with
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is
a member of the central committee
of junior project and the League
social committee. She attended
Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.,
her freshman year.
Mr. Hogg is a member of Beta.
Theta Pi fraternity and Delta Sig-
ma Delta, dental fraternity.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Haas of Ann
Arbor have. announced the engage-
ment of their daughter, Elizabeth,
'43, to Erik Lissell, son of Mr. Olof
Lissell, of Stockholm, Sweden.
Miss Haas is a resident of the Ade-
lia Cheever House. Mr. Lissell gradu-
ated from the Royal Institute of
Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in
1938, and received his master's degree
from the University in 1941. He was
an instructor in the Department of
Metal Processing of the University
College of Engineering. At present he
is conducting research for the foun-
dry division of a Swedish industry in
The engagement of Marjorie Mc-
Cullough, '45, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. . E. McCullough of Pontiac
to Lieut. James W. Harrison; '42D,
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Harrison
of Edwardsburg, has been an-
Miss McCullough is affiliated
with gamma Phj Beta and was a
member of Alpha Lambda Delta,
women's freshman honorary soci-
ety. She participated in Frosh Pro-
ject last year and is on the central
committee of Soph Project this
Lieut. Harrison, who is now sta-
tioned in the Dental Corps at the
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.,
was affiliated with Delta Sigma
Mrs. H. C. Wakeman of Pontiac has
announced the engagement of her
daughter Virginia, '43, to Herbert
Howerth, '43E, son of Mr. and Mrs.
H. J. Howerth of Detroit.
Miss Wakeman is a member of
Gamma Phi Beta and worked on JGP
last year. Mr. Howerth is affiliated
with Lambda Chi Alpha and is a
member of Scabbard and Blade.
Plans for the wedding have not
been announced.

hj ed{~~pand &ngagemenLi

Display In League Shows Types
Of War Careers Open To Women


Ball's Patrons
To Be Headed
By Ruthvens
Patrons for Assembly Ball, which
is scheduled for 9 p.m. to midnight
tomorrow, will be headed by Pres.
and Mrs. Ruthven.
Others who have been invited as
patrons are Dean and Mrs. Peter Ok-
kelberg, Dean Alice C. Lloyd, Dean
Byrl F. Bacher, Dean Jeannette Perry,
Prof. and Mrs. Everett Brown, Prof.
and Mrs. B. M. Brown, Prof. and Mrs
H. C. Bloomer, Prof. and Mrs. Nor-
man R. F. Maier, Prof. and Mrs. Ar-
thur Smithies, Lieut. and Mrs. A. H.
Atkinson, Prof. and Mrs. Arno L. Ba-
de, Lieut. and Mrs. Cyrus Brewer.
Prof. and Mrs. Saul Cohen, Prof.
and Mrs. William Frankena, Prof. and
Mrs. George Meyer, Prof. and Mrs.
F. K. Sparrow, Prof. and Mrs. Mentor
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Donahue,
Mr. and Mrs. Clark T. Norton, Mr.
and Mrs. C. N. Staubach, Mr. and
Mrs. Ebelke, Mr. and Mrs. J. A, Roller,
Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Anderson, and
Miss Ethel McCormick.
The ball is stressing wartime econ-
omy this year by cutting down over-
head in order to leave more profits
which will be contributed to the
Bomber - Scholarship fund. Tickets
and programs have been combined
into one, the tickets to be torn off at
the door. A $25 war bond will be given
as door prize.
Wo menVolunteers
Continue Registering
In Blood Bank Drive
Registration of women volunteers
for the January blood bank continues
from noon to 5 p.m. today and to-
morrow in the social director's office
of the League.
Women who wish to contribute
blood must bring in their medical
certificates and parents' permits.
Thirty appointments are needed for
Tuesday, and 30 for Wednesday.
This month's quota is 200 pints.
Last month the University went over
the top with a 250-pint contribution.
Blood will be taken in the Women's
Athletic Building by the American
Red Cross.


Never before have women had the
chance to step into men's job merely
by picking up the opportunities from
a table..
It is as simple as that, because in
the League lobby there is a table
displaying pamphlets, information
and application blanks, folders, text-
books; in fact, anything that will
facilitate women informing them-
selves concerning the positions de-
scribed to them at the conferences.
There they can acquaint them-
selves with the various technical
,courses offered by the University this
coming semester, and with the pre-
requisites for entering them.
Math Not Needed
Contrary to what many believe,
the courses to be offered do not have
to be preceded by extensive knowl-
edge of mathematics and science.
According to the pamphlets and
posters, there are courses in decora-
tive design, in nursing, typing, shop
work and civilian camouflage just
to mention a few.
Above the display table is a poster
listing and illustrating the jobs open
to women, as offered at the confer-
ences this week.
Child care in defense nurseries, en-
listment into technical positions

among the ranks of the WAACS,
WAVES and SPARS, training in
physical therapy, training for leader-
ship positions on the assembly lines,
and training in business administra-
tion are only a part of the moves
open to women who want to help out
the lack of manpower at the same
time that they step into high-paying
Another feature of the display is
the glass case in the lobby, contain-
ing samples of shells and intricate,
clock-work fuses which women in-
spect for amazingly high pay in the
local defense plants. This type of
work in the factories, though not
hard, is important and will free more
men for active combat duty.
Map Displayed
Also there is a bulletin board to
which is pinned a sample map of
Tokio ("okayed," it says, by military
authorities) which was drawn in a
map-making course. Men and wom-
en both are needed in this field, and
the art school is offering a map-
making course this coming semester.
Application blanks for tests for
Civil Service positions and for en-
rollment into the new war courses
on campus are waiting to be filled
out and can be obtained for the

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