Hillary Clinton is just one of many women from a same-sex school who were some sort of first to break into a position. The first female to become secretary of state is Madeleine Albright from Wellesley College. The first Asian-American cabinet member was Elaine Chao who attended Mt. Holyoke College. The first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company was Katharine Graham, who graduated from Vassar College (before it opened its doors to men). The first female president of a major American university, and the first woman president of Harvard, President Drew Faust, is a Bryn Mawr graduate. It does not just stop there either. Women’s college grads are dominating fields of medicine, journalism, and science.
Despite the large amount of stereotypes which surround a same sex school, it is very clear to see that women’s college students are intensely nurtured, supported, and empowered modern-day women in their community and classroom. The confidence that women’s colleges instill in the prime years of a young woman’s life when she is figuring out her goals and creating a work ethic is essential. When men do not dominate the academic environment, studies have shown that women are more likely to participate in class and part-take in a higher level of thinking than in a co-ed setting. Nevertheless, faculty and staff of same sex schools prioritize women and set high standards for them, therefore creating a very serious territory for intellectual growth. Womenscolleges.org is a great resource for more information on the amazingly prosperous world of women's colleges.
-- Brittany Blain