Monday, June 17, 2013

The Benefits of Women’s Colleges

Evette Dionne is the daily editor of Clutch magazine and managing editor of Full Figured Magazine – she also is a Bennett College alumna. Her article, “The Benefits of Women’s Colleges,” was published on June 14, 2013. Below are the article highlights.

Article Highlights:

I am often asked why I chose to attend and graduate from Bennett College, a historical black institution for women of color. The answer is complex and involves a mixture of CNN, Dr. Julianne Malveaux and scholarships, but the freedom and doubt from which the question is posed is the issue. The real question should be: Why not?

Women’s colleges are rooted in traditions that promote empowerment, sisterhood, and the intelligence of women. Some might question the relevance of women’s colleges in a society where women are making strides toward gender parity, but statistics show that women’s colleges such as Bennett and Spelman College are responsible for sending over 50 percent of Black women to graduate programs in the sciences.

Women’s colleges encourage students to thrive and excel in leadership positions often reserved for men on co-ed campuses.

Bennett College is a private four-year historically black liberal arts college for women. Located in Greensboro, NC, the college offers various majors and minors, organized in three divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, and Natural and Behavioral Sciences/Mathematics. Bennett College also offers a Dual Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical) by participating in the Bennett College/NC A&T State University Dual Degree Engineering Program.

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