This interview with members of the Brown University class of 1981 summarizes the undergraduate experiences of Alice Wheelwright, Clare Boerschlein, Virginia Tortolani, Marie-Armide Longer Ellis, Kathryn Streator, and Suzanne Patrice Curley, at their 25th reunion.
The interviewees begin by introducing themselves and explaining why they chose to attend Brown. They share their first experiences on campus, mentioning the blizzard of 1978 and their inability to find guidance for managing the new curriculum that eliminated course requirements. This leads to deeper recollections of their favorite professors including Barbara Tanenbaum, Rosemary Pierrel Sorrentino, and Harriet Sheridan, and more generally they remember courses that they took and sports teams that they joined.
A significant portion of the interview is dedicated to discussing social life in the dormitories and how it felt to be a female student at Brown. The interviewees note that they felt socioeconomic class was insignificant and often went unnoticed. They also describe the different jobs that they held on and off campus and their various reasons for working while in school.
The interview concludes with a detailed discussion about women reentering the workforce after having children and various ways organizations could make this an easier and more positive transition.