A GIRL CAMPUS LEADER WHO PREFERS TO GET MARRIED
For girls in the class of ‘48, jobs are far fewer and less attractive than for the boys. American business, which during the war was eager to hire smart women, now wants men. But Sylvia Kilbourne (above) could have had a good job if she had wanted. As president of the Women’s Student Government Association, she has been giving the coeds the best government they have had in a long time. She lives in a special room with two telephones, has a part-time secretary to help her run W.S.G.A.
An earnest girl, Sylvia faces her future squarely, “Coed seniors talk about big jobs and careers,” she says, “But in the back of their minds they really think about marriage.” Sylvia is getting married next year and is not interested in a job. Her fiance, an ex-fighter pilot named Bill Hosie (below, left), of East Aurora, N.Y., will graduate next February and stay at Cornell to study physics for his master’s degree. Sylvia will stay on too at graduate school to get her M.N.S. - Master of Nutritional Science. Now she is studying child feeding, and twice a week she takes 5-year-olds on picnics and teaches them to make sandwiches (below).
~ LIFE magazine, 1948
via Cornell University Library