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I remember saying to her, “Well, Pauline, it's hard to say, but I thought I better marry and get if off my mind because I was always being challenged by somebody who thought it would be a good idea to marry me or who wanted to recommend that I should marry.” The matter was always being put up to me and I spent so much time in the course of a year considering it and analyzing the reasons for and against as I saw them. I just thought, “ I just better marry. I know Paul Wilson Well. I like him. I've known him for a considerable time. I enjoy his society and company and I might as well marry and get it off my mind.”

I remember Pauline saying, “Well, that's a strange reason for marrying - to get it off your mind.”

That was part of the background of my desire to keep my own name. I felt, and I still feel, that at that time it was a great advantage in social work, in professional life to be Miss. I think it still is in professional life. Mrs. is understood to be awfully occupied in the house and children. “Your husband's interests must come first.” It's one of the reasons why women aren't hired to do very, very important jobs for which they are thoroughly qualified from every technical and personality aspect. There's a vain feeling that husbands come first. You've got to have somebody who's absolutely footloose.

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