The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 4
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ducers of historic material, herself a pioneer of pioneers; Mrs.
Arthur and Mrs. Taylor because they had cooperated in founding
a club which was designed to devote itself exclusively and forever
to the study of American history-a design which had met with
Dr. Garrison's hearty approval-but primarily it might be said
that we were there because Dr. Garrison was a forward-looking
man and had sensed among the signs of the times that women were
about to take their place in the intellectual and political world.
Dr. Garrison was reading Article III of the proposed consti-
tution, which had to do with membership: "The Association shall
consist of members, life members and honorary life members."
He paused, and the chair asked for possible amendments, not really
expecting any. There was silence for a moment or two; then
Colonel Ford spoke up with: "I move to insert the words 'lady
members' after the word 'members.'"
The secretary looked disturbed. He waited. So did the chair.
Nobody seemed ready to help out the situation. Receiving no help
from other sources, Dr. Garrison finally glanced toward us women
with pleading in his eye. Colonel Ford, in the meantime, was
indignantly calling on the chair to put his motion to vote. Now,
Dr. Garrison was the gentlest of men, the most considerate of age
and dignity of anyone I have ever known, even in that day, when
it was the thing to honor age and dignity, but he simply could not
stand for the proffered amendment. His silent appeal to us, how-
ever, put us in a position of embarrassment. An innovation indeed
it would be for a woman to get up and speak in a man's meeting.
So we sat immovable. We were seated together in a row a little
to one side so as to give what moral support we could to one an-
other. Colonel Ford was just opposite us, leaning forward on a
big gold-headed stick with which he supported the evident weight
of his years. Again he urged on the chair. The secretary's face
grew desperate in its pleading. Mrs. Sinks nudged me on one side,
whispering: "Say something." Mrs. Arthur, on the other side
of me, did the same thing. "No," I whispered back, "you do it,
or you." Not they. So, because the situation simply had to be
saved, I finally rose and with a timidity characteristic of the era,
ventured with: "Mr. Chairman, I believe that the section as it
stands is all that is needed." Colonel Ford glowered at me in
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/12/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.