The Deans’ Bible
Five Purdue Women and their Quest for Equality
Five women deans handed down a secret Bible for nearly a century on a college campus in America’s heartland. The Bible was a talisman, a symbol of the women’s shared profession and sisterhood in their struggle for equal education for women students.
The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and their Quest for Equality, published by Purdue University Press, is a universal story of women’s struggles for rights in a male-dominated environment. It’s a true tale of how women support one another over the long haul and behind the scenes.
The women were friends with Aviatrix Amelia Earhart and engineer Lillian Gilbreth, visiting professors at Purdue. During World War II, three of the women donned uniforms. Dean Dorothy Stratton became the director of the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve she named SPARs. In 2012, the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton was commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama.
About Angie Klink
Angie Klink is the author of twelve books. She is a historian, advertising copywriter, and scriptwriter. She writes biographies, histories, documentaries, children’s books, essays, and copy for a variety of advertising media.
Klink authored three books published by Purdue University Press: The Deans’ Bible, Kirby’s Way, and Divided Paths, Common Ground.
Pledge and Promise was published by Purdue University's Office of the Dean of Students and WBAA: 100 Years as The Voice of Purdue was published by WBAA/WFYI. Both books are available from Klink.
Two essays by Klink are featured in the book, Undeniably Indiana, published by Indiana University Press in August 2016 to commemorate Indiana’s Bicentennial.
Klink has written historical profiles for Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History magazine published by Indiana Historical Society. She has also been published online in Ms. Magazine and written a blog for the American Writers Museum in Chicago.
Angie Klink captures the essence of your story. She discovers themes, their deeper purpose and meaning for today’s world. Her writing opens minds, sparks new thoughts, and evokes action and change. Contact Angie to write your story.