Bernice Cole

Honored by:Constance Cole Petrik
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Bernice Cole (1895-1993) was a contemporary of Carrie Chapman Catt and worked for the same women's issues. While getting her master's degree at Columbia University in New York City, she marched in many parades for women's suffrage. Miss Cole graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa. She taught Latin and mathematics and was principal of Rapid City High School in South Dakota. While there, she helped found their Y.W.C.A., serving as its first secretary. She went on to be Dean of Women at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.

Her career came to an end when she, as the "unmarried daughter," was called home to Woodbine, Iowa, to tend her widowed father. Still, she carried on her work in a voluntary capacity for the community. She helped show that a woman's place is not only in the home.