Colleges: Learning for Leisure

"Few women reach middle life with out a heartache," says the prospectus of Clarke College, so Clarke sets about to head off the heartache. The small Roman Catholic girls' school in Dubuque, Iowa, accepts the commonplace theory that fledging a family of children can leave a woman with too much time and a painful lack of purpose. Consequently, Clarke trains its girls to be come, as President Sister Mary Benedict explains it, "the heart, the educated heart, not only of the home but of communities outside the home."

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