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Fond memories of Queen's Debating Union

Victoria alumnus Stewrat Goodings, Arts'62, shares fond memories of Queen's Debating Union.

Re: "Be it resolved that . . . ." -- Issue #2- 2012

As an active member of QDU some 50 years ago, I was pleased to read in the last issue that debating at Queen’s remains dynamic and popular.

One memorable resolution I recall debating around 1960 was “Resolved that women should be kept barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.” I had the bad luck to be defending this proposition and, even worse, to find myself up against a witty and dramatic opponent in Whipple Steinkrauss, BA’64 – who appeared for the debate wearing a large pillow, feigning pregnancy. She demolished our feeble arguments with a skill that she later demonstrated as a senior civil servant in Ontario. Sadly, Whipple died three years ago, but she was one of many students who honed their oratorical chops in the Queen’s Debating Union.


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