chapter  32
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Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson

Claudia Taylor's social life was varied. Friends recalled that she dated a number of men and made it clear to each of them that she hoped to marry a man who would make a mark in the world. She had her own car and a charge account at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. Her father refused, however, to let her join a sorority. She earned a B.A. degree in the spring of 193 3. She then stayed on for another year to obtain a journalism degree as well. Her plans for life after graduation were vague during the summer of 1934. She expected to spend some time in Karnack redecorating her father's house, and then she wanted to find work on a newspaper as a drama critic. The options for a talented woman in Texas in 1934, in the depths of the Great Depression, were limited.