An Education for Women
Library Dedication at Georgia State Women's College
"Yesterday morning we drove around the grounds of the Georgia State Women's College, where the students certainly have every opportunity for a healthy and happy outdoor life. Available are tennis courts, horses to ride, a beautiful swimming pool, archery and a delightful student activity house, where meals can be served and entertainment of every kind given by the students.
I wish very much that I had had more opportunity to talk with the faculty. They seemed young and progressive. When we finally ended up at the library, which was being dedicated, I felt that one could be justly enthusiastic about the opportunities offered here to girls for a rounded education.
I was told there there was a great difference between the size of the freshman class and the number of graduates, for a good many girls leave to get married. Because the Georgia law allows girls to teach after two years of college, those facing economic difficulties go to earn a living."
Editor's Note: On March 28, 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Valdosta, Georgia to dedicate the Georgia State Women's College library, later named Powell Hall. The library was a WPA project, created as a part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal program.