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By Lee Stewart

Lee Stewart argues during this booklet that the suggestion of collage schooling as a cultural entitlement, inherent within the literal translation of the college of British Columbia's motto Tuum Est as 'It is yours,' has regularly been extra acceptable to male than to lady scholars. Conversely, the preferred interpretation of Tuum Est, 'It's as much as you,' has held larger value for ladies. Stewart examines the calls for, accomplishments, and barriers of girls advocates and educators opposed to the heritage of the social and cultural stipulations which enveloped them.

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Construction of a permanent campus at Point Grey might have been delayed indefinitely without the extraordinary efforts of the student body in 1922-3. " Now remembered as "The Great Trek," the students formed an impressive parade that 28 "It's Up to You" marched from downtown Vancouver to the eight-year-old frame of the science building, in front of which they erected the first permanent structure—the Cairn—to commemorate the occasion. This "pilgrimage" was the culmination of a year's campaign by the students, who collected 17,000 signatures on a petition which they presented with due pomp and ceremony to the Legislative Assembly in November 1922.

The GNABC, with the support of the LCW, had struggled for nine years before obtaining legislation in April 1918 that would give the association regulatory powers over its own members. The renamed Registered Nurses' Association of British Columbia (RNABC) recognized the advantages of better education for the fledgling profession and in 1918 set age and educational requirements for prospective nurses. The ambivalence of some members of the medical profession towards the GNABC'S efforts in 1916 was evident by the prevarications of the Minister of Education, Dr.

Her ability to stand firm in her beliefs did not fail to inspire her nursing students to stand up for themselves in the face of the uncertainty of their own status at the university. With Johns' encouragement, the student nurses formed their own Nursing Undergraduate Society at UBC and, like other students, took part in the social activities and clubs on campus. 26 Although Johns did not have a BA, as few in the nursing faculty did at this pioneer stage, she was conscious of the benefits that a degree In the Back Door 41 could bring both to nurses and the nursing profession.

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