Wellesley girls who are married have become quite adept at balancing their obligations....

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Betty Warren:
[Betty's Third Editorial Voice Over]
Wellesley girls who are married have become quite adept at balancing their obligations. One hears such comments as, "I'm able to baste the chicken with one hand and outline the paper with the other." While our mothers were called to the workforce for lady liberty it is our duty, nay, obligation to reclaim our place in the home bearing the children that will carry our traditions into the future. One must pause to consider why; Ms. Katherine Watson, instructor in the art history department, has decided to declare war on the holy sacrament of marriage. Her subversive and political teachings encourage our Wellesley girls to reject the roles they were born to fill.
Katherine Watson:
Slide - Contemporary art...
Connie Baker:
No, that's just an advertisement...
Katherine Watson:
Quiet. Today you just listen. What will future scholars see when they study us, a portrait of women today? There you are ladies: the perfect likeness of a Wellesley graduate, Magna Cum Laude, doing exactly what she was trained to do. Slide - a Rhodes Scholar, I wonder if she recites Chaucer while she presses her husband's shirts. Slide - hehe, now you physics majors can calculate the mass and volume of every meatloaf you make. Slide - A girdle to set you free. What does that mean? What does that mean? What does it mean? I give up, you win. The smartest women in the country, I didn't realize that by demanding excellence I would be challenging... what did it say?
[Walks over to a student and picks up her copy of the editorial]

Katherine Watson:
What did it say? Um... the roles you were born to fill. Is that right?
[Looks up at Betty]

Katherine Watson:
The roles you were born to fill? It's, uh, it's my mistake.
[Katerine drops the student's paper back onto her desk]

Katherine Watson:
Class dismissed.
[Katherine walks out of the classroom]


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Married Wellesley girls have become quite adept at balancing obligations.
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One hears such comments as:
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"I baste the chicken with one hand and outline the paper with the other."
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While our mothers were called to work for Lady Liberty...
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...it is our duty, nay, obligation to reclaim our place in the home...
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...bearing the children that will carry our traditions into the future.
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One must pause to consider why Miss Katherine Watson...
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...instructor in the Art History department...
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...has decided to declare war on the holy sacrament of marriage.
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Her subversive and political teachings encourage our Wellesley girls...
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...to reject the roles they were born to fill.
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Thank you.
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Slide.
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- Contemporary art. - That's just an advertisement.
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Quiet!
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Today you just listen.
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What will the future scholars see when they study us?
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A portrait of women today?
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There you are, ladies.
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The perfect likeness of a Wellesley graduate.
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Magna cum laude, doing exactly what she was trained to do.
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Slide.
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A Rhodes scholar.
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I wonder if she recites Chaucer while she presses her husband's shirts.
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Slide.
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Now, you physics majors can calculate the mass and volume...
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...of every meat loaf you make. Slide.
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A girdle to set you free.
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What does that mean?
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What does that mean?
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What does it mean?
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I give up.
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You win.
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The smartest women in the country.
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I didn't realize that by demanding excellence...
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...I would be challenging...
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What did it say?
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What did it say?
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"The roles you were born to fill."
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Is that right?
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The roles you were born to fill?
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It's my mistake.
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Class dismissed.
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These girls... Are you proud, President Carr?
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- Yes, actually, I am. - Well, you should be, I guess.
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Half of them are married. The other half, give it a month or so.
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It's really only a matter of time.
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They're biding time until somebody proposes!
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A hundred years ago, it was inconceivable for a woman...
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...to be a college graduate.
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Perhaps you should look back to see how far we've come.
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I'm sorry, from where I sit, it's just a different kind of corset.
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- Well, we can all use a little support. - Oh, like Amanda Armstrong?
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- She broke the law! - According to Betty Warren.
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According to the state of Massachusetts.
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To hell with Wellesley. I'm done.
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Goddamn it!
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It's brilliant, really. A perfect ruse.
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A finishing school disguised as a college. They got me.
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- What do you expect? - More. More.
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I thought it was a place for tomorrow's leaders, not their wives.

Clip duration: 296 seconds
Views: 199
Timestamp in movie: 01h 05m 08s
Uploaded: 08 September, 2021
Genres: drama
Summary: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.


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Actors

Betty Warren - Kirsten Dunst
Connie Baker - Ginnifer Goodwin