By the late 1960s, Cornell had become a highly politicized,
but not yet feminist, community. In this atmosphere Sheila Tobias, assistant
to the vice president and education consultant, organized a controversial
conference that addressed current issues affecting women. Faculty wives,
area residents, students, and staff joined male and female faculty in
heated debate regarding the politics, psychology, and equity of women.
The conference also included a panel of husbands who spoke about what
it meant to live with working wives, an emerging social issue.