Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Women's Colleges Give Every Woman Equal Ground to Grow

I was thrilled to read the article of a very insightful high school senior, Elise Brown. Last week her article, “Women's colleges give every woman equal ground to grow” was published in a local newspaper.

In Elise's article, she writes about the reasons she decided to attend Wellesley College this fall. (Wellesley College is a women’s college and is located in Wellesley, MA). And she also encourages her classmates to consider attending a women’s college.

Insightful, spot on, and one of the best articles I've read all year! If this is the only post you read on my blog, let it be this one.

Article Highlights:

Now that I’m leaving high school and moving on to a women’s college, I am often asked why that was my choice. Sometimes, the best answer is that Wellesley just feels “right,” but for bigger reasons, I hope more Lions will consider women’s colleges in their search for a school.

It’s unfortunate we live in a world where women’s colleges are necessary. However, it’s wonderful that the women’s colleges we need exist. In fact, thanks to these gender-specific schools, true gender equality can happen sooner.

For centuries, society has labored under a gender dichotomy that favors the man over the woman. Not until the last century did women have a seat at the political table; a woman in the workplace was not normal until my mom was young. Countless sacrifices have been made over the years to allow our sex to make greater strides.

But women still struggle. Even after the Lilly Ledbetter Act, women make, on average, 77 cents for each dollar made by men. Issues of women’s health are political debates, not private decisions. And in day-to-day life, women are still primarily considered objects of desire.

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