Julia C. Lathrop '80, former chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau, preceded a conference on vocations for women with a lecture, sponsored by the Ellen H. Richards Lecture Fund, on women in social services.

Lathrop, President MacCracken and trustee Minnie Cumnock Blodgett ’84 were developing a new Vassar program around the ideas of Richards ’70 in the multidisciplinary field she named Euthenics.  Richards first used the term in The Cost of Shelter (1905), giving its definition as both “the science of better living” and “the art of better.”