Dear Florence Howe:
Devoting an entire issue to the First Annual Convention of the National Women's Studies Association was enormously helpful to those of us who could not attend. The reports on the Convention indicated that it was simply first-rate. Nothing in the issue, however, helped me to understand why some delegates trashed the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) and scapegoated its representative, Kathleen Staudt. I had hoped to learn why because a number of colleagues returned from the Convention with the story that everyone agreed that AID had no business being there. But no one could explain why. All I have heard are vague stories, most of them quite silly.