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Susan Patton, a member of only the fifth coeducational class at Princeton University, has sparked some debate over her letter to the college campus newspaper.

In the letter, she advised women at Princeton who are interested in marriage to try to find their future husbands on campus.

She said her audience was intended to be small: those extraordinary women at Princeton who want to get married and would be well-served in finding a partner who will not be threatened by their intelligence.

This is some of what she said on Good Day New York:

Take the task of building your life's happiness, if you want home and family, start thinking about who you're going to marry sooner. Don't defer that decision for 10 years, 'cause what happens is these women on these college campuses who graduate, they spend the first 10 years post-graduation developing only their careers. So now they're in their early 30s and their options of options of eligible, marriable men have compressed. And it gets exponentially more difficult every year from there and there is a hard stop on the time frame from which they can bear children. So I'm just saying add it to the mix, as you're getting your world-class education, as you're planning your career, as you're developing your life-long friendships, start thinking sooner rather than later about having children with a man who will support your intellectual curiosity, who will applaud your achievement, won't be threatened by you, for a lifetime.

Patton, who works in human resources, has a son who is currently attending Princeton. The stir over her letter has caused the website of The Daily Princetonian to crash because of the deluge of web traffic. The paper created a WordPress blog while the site is down.

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