“At that time, I think…I think…there were feminist ideas at the back of my mind that led me to go to Duke and then a lot that happened there, both by being on the women’s campus, and…being involved with the Y, and with the civil rights movement, all…encouraged those ideas.” ~Lois Eby
Lois Eby grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like many of the other women we interviewed, Lois came to Durham to attend college. She arrived in Durham in the fall of 1958 as a first year at Duke University’s women’s college, Trinity College. Duke’s prestige, Methodist affiliation, distance from her home and the nature of the women’s college all drew her to Duke. At Duke, Lois was involved with the on campus YWCA and “White Duchy,” a group for the campus’s women leaders. She graduated in 1962. After Duke, Lois moved north to New York to attend a joint graduate program between Columbia and Union Theological Seminary. She received her Master’s from Columbia in 20th Century Religion. While Lois pursued her Master’s, she did some research for the national office of the YWCA. She also met her husband during that time. They lived in New York for another six years before moving to Pennsylvania, where Lois spent two years teaching at Lincoln University. After that, they moved to Vermont, which is where she currently resides. In Vermont, Lois became involved with Planned Parenthood. She began volunteering with the Morisville branch around 1973. Then, between 1974 and 1975, she worked as the director. Lois wanted to be involved with Planned Parenthood because she felt that as an undergraduate and graduate student, information about women’s health was not available.