Monday, June 30, 2014

Women’s College Quiz: Which College in VA was the First College to Name a Woman President?

Yet, another first for women's colleges! YEA!!!

I'll give you a hint, this happened in 1901.

Click here to learn the answer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pioneering Astrophysicist and NASA Astronaut Shares Appreciation for Women-Only Environment with Student Leaders

The extra edge a STEM girls receives when deciding to attend a women's college . . .
"A pioneering astronaut and international hero, Melroy graduated from Wellesley with degrees in physics and astronomy. After being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and becoming the second woman to become a test pilot, Melroy joined NASA as an astronaut. She has served as pilot on two flights (STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002), both of which traveled to the International Space Station. On the STS-92 Discovery, Melroy became just the third woman to pilot the space shuttle. She has logged over 562 hours in space. Melroy has received numerous military honors including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and First Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award. She also currently serves as a Wellesley College trustee.

In her remarks during the award ceremony on June 5, reported by NCCWSL, Melroy encouraged the college leaders to seek out a women-only environment at some point in their lives as she did at Wellesley, where, in her words, the College “made it demonstrably clear that anyone who said women aren’t as good at math or science or leading people was ridiculous.” She talked about leadership, and the importance of seeking to become a better leader over the course of one’s lifetime. “People think you’re born a leader or you’re not. I’m here to tell you that’s absolutely not the case,” she said."

Continue reading here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Benefits of a Women's College

From the Web site of Saint Mary's College:

“By all accounts, there is a high rate of student satisfaction at women's colleges. Nine out of 10 women's college graduates give their colleges high marks for fostering self-confidence. More than three-quarters of women's college graduates continue their involvement with their alma mater as trustees, mentors, class agents, intern employers, recruiters, etc. It's difficult to say who is "right" for women's colleges and who isn't. Just about everyone can benefit from the supportive atmosphere they provide. In the end, it's largely a matter of personal preference.”

Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Brianne Michaels, the 2014 Valedictorian from Saint Mary's College

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

10 Awesome Girl-Power Songs

"From mocking the sexist superficiality of our society to celebrating financial independence, here, for no particular reason other than that they rock, are 10 of the greatest feminist anthems of all times—inspiring, inquiring, and provocative. So plug in your iPod and go conquer the world. It's yours for the taking."

Continue reading and listen to all 10 songs here.

Might you have a favorite or two? Might you have a suggestion to add to the list?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Fun for This Biology Major . . .

Women’s colleges are known for getting their students the best internships. For example, Saint Mary's College located in Notre Dame, IN.

“How fun is it that “Jungles” is the last name of this biology major? Kylie Jungles ’16 is part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Experience at Purdue. She's researching plant responses to climate change.”

Learn more about Saint Mary's College or l
earn more about their biology major here!

Friday, June 20, 2014

More Summer Fun for These Women's College Students

"Tavia VanZuilen '16 is one of two student research assistants (along with Sharita Dickerson '14) who are working with faculty member Tamsie Ringler in Latvia this month. While there, Tamsie is serving as co-director of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA)."
Learn more!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Women's Colleges Offer the Best Research Opportunities for Women Interested in STEM

"Stephanie Yang '15 and lab partner Kai Wang '15 are spending the summer conducting research on polypyridyl Ruthenium complexes in Sharon Burgmayer's lab on campus."

Learn more!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Congratulations to the new Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler-Jones, a student at a women's college

Meet Cierra Kaler-Jones recently crowned Miss New Jersey 2014. Currently a Junior at Douglass Residential College, check out her LinkedIn profile.

Here’s yet another example of The Douglass Difference in play! Read my Huffington Post blog post Graduating College Women Talk About "TheDouglass Difference" for additional examples.

Douglass Residential College, located in New Brunswick, NJ is the women’s college within Rutgers University.

The college has a strong alumnae organization with the mission “To provide ongoing financial, programming, and communications support to Douglass College, her students and her alumnae. We encourage and promote the educational experience and leadership opportunities at Douglass College that are uniquely inherent in a women’s college.” Learn more here.

Learn more about this women’s college by visiting the Douglass College Web site or on Wikipedia.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Important Message for Girls Interested in STEM

“Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit today.

The panelists at the Women & Tech Next Wave session in Sausalito, California, said that being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology.

“It makes you realize how important it is to look at the environment we create in our schools,” said Bahija Jallal, who heads up MedImmune, a biotechnology company that was acquired by AstraZeneca Plc.”

Continue reading here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wordless Weekends

(Electric cars can now “plug in and charge up” at this women’s college charging station installed last month.)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Women’s College Quote About Sisterhood

"One word will forever stick with us - Sisterhood. No matter what we are going through, each one of us knows we have sisters we can call on." 
 - Arnisha White, Senior Class President

Arnisha graduated last month from Converse College with a BS degree in Business Administration (with a concentration in Human Resources and a minor in Music: viola). Check out her LinkedIn profile.

Converse College is a liberal arts women's college in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To learn more about the college, visit Converse College's Web site.

Congratulations Arnisha!!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Check Out These Women Entrepreneurs – All Graduates of a Women’s College

Yesterday, my blog post was about the perfect match between women entrepreneurs and women’s colleges. Today I’m sharing more success stories, this time from Spelman College.

Continue reading here.

Spelman College  is a historically black liberal arts college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more by visiting Spelman’s Web site.

Here's a video that I know you will enjoy. I call it The Joy of Being Accepted to Spelman College!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Graduating College Women Talk About "The Douglass Difference"

Published on The Huffington Post, here's my latest blog post.

On May 17, 2014, Margaret Frimpong, Gabrielle Rossi, Dawn Angelicca Barcelona, Jenae Keith, and Khoobi Gangdev graduated from Douglass Residential College along with 439 other women. These graduates joined a long list of alumnae (more than 36,000) since its founding in 1918.

Douglass alumnae who have gone on to have rewarding lives and fruitful careers include Patricia Smith Campbell '63, inventor of the transdermal patch; Carol Tecla Christ '66, president emerita of Smith College; Janet Evanovich '65, NY Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series; Irene Etkin Goldman '65, advocate for Human Rights, Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, NJ; and Sandra Harding '56, feminist philosopher of science.

The future of these new graduates also is bright. I say this because their alma mater, like other women's colleges, prepared them for success (regardless of their career ambitions). All of these young women possess skills employers are demanding today: written and oral communication; decision-making; critical-thinking; analytical, interpersonal, and research skills. As a former recruiter, I know this is music to the ears of many companies that want these very skills and find them difficult to get.

I believe it is the "Douglass Difference" that makes these graduates unique and why, if I were recruiting today, I'd be making a special effort to recruit from women's colleges. See for yourself. 

In this blog post, I've included a bit about their backgrounds and also provided a link to their on-line profile. (This way, you'll be able to see how accomplished these women are.) I've also asked Gabrielle, Jenae, Margaret, Khoobi, and Dawn to share what "The Douglass Difference" means to them.

Continue reading . . .

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Women's College Quote (from a Senior Class President)

"One word will forever stick with us - Sisterhood. No matter what we are going through, each one of us knows we have a sisterhood we can call on." - Arnisha White, Senior Class President, Converse College.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Graduates of Women’s Colleges Go On To Become Awesome Role Models

Meet Gloria Steinem, graduate of Smith College.

Rossalyn Warren on Upworthy wrote: “Gloria Steinem: badass feminist activist who has worked tirelessly to fight for women's rights. Hear a little about how she became one of the leading women behind the movement, and let her serve as a reminder there's still a lot of work to be done.

Continue reading Rossalyn’s blog post (“Feminist History Lesson: Who Gloria Steinem Is And Why She's An Awesome Role Model”) and watch the video on Gloria Steinem.

Learn more about Ms Steinem via Wikipedia.

Learn more about Smith College by visiting the college Web site.