In this light-hearted note to Stern, McClintock appeared to be somewhat anxious about her forthcoming Achievement Award from
the American Association of University Women.
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1947-03-17 (March 17, 1947)
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Curt Stern Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Curt Stern Papers, American Philosophical Society.
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Controlling Elements: Cold Spring Harbor, 1942-1967
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt Stern (April 25, 1947)
Box Number: 3
Folder Number: 3
March 17, 1947
Dear Curt --
So the secret is out! I have been dead a long time but I have been trying to conceal it. Your note gives sure proof.
Seriously, though, I cant [sic] imagine how any instructor would allow such a report unless he is deficient in insight. It
is so obviously an exhibit of frustration of a young female aspiring to a scientific career. They grasp at any small bit of
evidence that will help maintain their morale. I well understand that but hardly feel that I want to carry the torch even
if I had the right to claim that job -- which I obviously dont [sic]. If I ever have a
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chance to talk with such girls, I can usually help overcome some of their frustrations by being realistic about women in professions.
The facts are not difficult to see but the emotional adjustment to them is often serious. So -- I hope the gal digs up some
nice lurid details for "the life." I am afraid I have'nt [sic] scattered many seeds of wild oats but a vicarious
luster would be appreciated!
Thanks for your note. It gave me a good laugh although a wry one.