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Like pearls threaded one-by-one to form a necklace, five women
successively nurtured students on the Purdue University campus in
America’s heartland during the 1930s to 1990s. Individually, each
became a legendary dean of women or dean of students. Collectively,
they wove a sisterhood of mutual support in their common—sometimes
thwarted—pursuit of shared human rights and equality for all.
Dorothy C. Stratton, Helen B. Schleman, M. Beverley Stone, Barbara
I. Cook, and Betty M. Nelson opened new avenues for women and
became conduits for change, fostering opportunities for all people.
They were loved by students and revered by colleagues. The women
also were respected throughout the United States as founding
leaders of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS), frontrunners in
the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, and as
pivotal members of presidential committees in the Kennedy and Nixon
While it is focused on changing attitudes on one college
campus, The Deans’ Bible sheds light on cultural
change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the deans
participated nationally in the quest for equality. The story rolls
through the "picture-perfect," suppressive 1950s, the awakening
1960s, women’s liberation, Title IX, 1980s AIDS and alcohol
epidemics, the changing mores for the disabled, and ends in the
As each woman succeeded the other, forming a five-dean friendship,
they knitted their bond with a secret symbol—a Bible. Originally
possessed by Purdue’s first part-time Dean of Women Carolyn
Shoemaker, the Bible was handed down from dean to dean with
favorite passages marked. The lowercased word "bible" is often used
in connection with reference works or "guidebooks." The
Deans’ Bible serves as a guidebook, brimming with stories
of courageous women who led by example and lived their