Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plants for Incoming First-Years at this Women’s College

Wellesley College has beautiful greenhouses. Every year the greenhouse staff tends to plants that are made available to first-years students. It’s their way of welcoming new students to campus!

New students can chose from jade plants, lucky bamboo, Moses-in-the-cradle, devil's ivy, and spider plants . . . how nice! Which plant would you chose?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Get a Job in the '60s: Have Your Husband Incorporate You

Here’s a “look back” at how things were for women in the 1960s. The blog post, How to Get a Job in the '60s: Have Your Husband Incorporate You -- A tale of pregnancy, bureaucracy, and an extremely literal instance of corporate personhood was written by Rebecca J. Rosen and published on July 25, 2014.

"Susan Elliott grew up in St. Louis in the middle of the 20th century. In the '50s she headed off to Smith College, and she graduated in 1958.

"I went to the college counselor and said, 'There's got to be a job in this country—somewhere—that I do not now have to go to typing school for,' " she recounted to me.

In fact there was: At the time, IBM was actively recruiting women and they had recently opened up a regional training center back home in St. Louis. This was fortuitous. "In those days," she says, "you didn't dream of going to New York and getting an apartment with other women. You went home, if you weren't getting married.""

Continue reading here.

You also can view a YouTube video: Smith College Alumnae Profiles: Susan Elliott '58.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Is a Women's College Right for You?

The best way to answer this question is to schedule a campus tour!
After taking a campus tour, Saint Mary’s “gave me that ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling. That feeling you get when you know you’re home where you belong,” says Alex Kane '14.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Women’s Colleges More Supportive of STEM

On May 13, 2014 by Lorraine Savage posted, "Women in STEM fields: Academics and Mentoring."

Highlights Include:

"Women’s colleges are more receptive to women in STEM majors and provide an atmosphere with less discrimination and peer pressure. They offer a supportive, nurturing, focused, research-based environment. They also prepare women to start a STEM career, obtain an advanced degree and arrange study opportunities and internships for women STEM students, reported Diane Propsner in “Why First-Year STEM Girls Attend Women’s Colleges” posted August 29, 2013, in Huffington Post.

In that article, Sue Turjman, a freshman studying medicine at all-women Mount St. Mary’s College, appreciates the mentoring she receives at the school. “I know that my professors will push me to my greatest ability, and it won’t matter that I’m a woman wanting a male-dominated profession… The Mount will give me an edge. I hope that going to a women’s college will even boost my grades without the little distractions,” said Turjman."

Continue reading here.

You also might be interested in this blog post of mine: "What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why Women's Colleges Make the Grade

It’s so nice seeing more and more women blogging about their experience at a women’s college. Today, I’ll introduce you to an online article written by Susana Morris. Susana is an blogger and writes about women’s issues. Not only did she graduated from a women's colelge, she also taugt at one.

I know you’ll enjoy reading her insights via  "The Advantages of Women’s Colleges - Why Women’s Colleges Make the Grade."

"I am an ardent believer in women’s colleges. I currently teach at a large co-ed institution, but I always have a big place in my heart for liberal arts women’s colleges.

I’ll admit it—I’m a bit biased. I graduated from Mount Holyoke College and have taught at Spelman College—two phenomenal women’s colleges. And it is my experience as both an alumna of a women’s college and as former professor at women’s college that shapes my passion for women’s education.

During my years at Mount Holyoke I flourished within an academic and social environment that emphasized my intellectual ability, fostered my feminism, and encouraged my potential as leader. Many of my close friends—women who excel in activism, teaching, philanthropy, publishing, and medicine—are Mount Holyoke women.

While in graduate school at Emory University, I was an adjunct instructor at Spelman College. My experience on the other side of the women’s college classroom was extremely gratifying. My students were ambitious, engaged, and passionate about not only learning but also about changing the world.

I’m not suggesting that woman can’t or don’t flourish at co-ed institutions. They can and do all the time. However, both anecdotal and statistical evidence has shown the myriad of benefits for women attending women’s only institutions of higher learning.

But don’t just take my word on it. Many former alums of women’s colleges cite their undergraduate experience with women’s only education as foundational to the success in their lives and careers.

Forbes interviewed several graduates of women’s colleges and reports: “‘Women’s colleges tend to attract a very competitive and driven student base, and that’s the group you are surrounding yourself with during these critical years,’ says Valerie Saunders, a 40-year-old Smith College grad who owns a successful photo agency in Jersey City, N.J. ‘That’s where you are developing your work ethic and your first goals as an adult.’”

Women’s colleges are places where women lead in all aspects of student government and where women’s voices are not in the background in classes. These environmental advantages are not only good for the four years on campus, but translate to the decades of work and civic engagement women do outside of college."

Continue reading here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Women’s Colleges Cultivate Leadership

Three UM-related women’s colleges cultivate leadership, by Nicole Burdakin

"Though greatly outnumbered by coeducational institutions in the U.S., women’s colleges produce a higher percentage of female graduates who go on to become political and business leaders.

“I chose to attend a women's college because of the leadership opportunities that it would provide. I knew it would be empowering to be surrounded by so many successful female students and leaders,” said Sarah Williams, a senior studying Elementary Education at Columbia College.

Williams found many opportunities to lead and to plan events at Columbia, including service projects both on campus and in the community alongside peer student groups and community groups. “My experience at a women's college showed me that I truly am a leader.” "

Continue reading . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Top Five Myths About Attending an All-Women's College

The other day I read a blog post on The Huffington Post written by Nora Turriago, a Student at Smith College:  The Top Five Myths About Attending an All-Women's College and wanted to share it here today.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Calling All STEM Girls . . . Super STEM Internships are Found at Women’s Colleges

If you're a STEM girl looking at colleges, here's yet another powerful reason for considering a women's college. 

In addition to top-notch academics and empowering learning environments, colleges for women provide their students with lots of opportunity, including getting hands-on research experience. 

In my recent Huffington Post blog post, I blogged about the summer internships STEM students from various women’s colleges are enjoying. Below is one of the student stories.

Mariem Ayadi '16 is an engineering and computer science major at Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Photo Credit: The Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Technische Universität Berlin

Photo Caption: After two consecutive internships at KAYAK software, Mariem's interest in computer science has grown tremendously. This summer, she decided to try out the research field. Thanks to the Smith College PRAXIS grant, Mariem is currently in Berlin, Germany. Smith College's Praxis program provides an opportunity for every Smith student to undertake an internship funded by the college. She joined the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technical University of Berlin. Mariem is working among the Stratophere (soon to be renamed Flink) team. The project is an open source big data analytics platform that recently joined the Apache Software Foundation. In the beginning of June, thanks to the Google for Education, Women in Tech Conference and Travel Grants, Mariem was offered the opportunity to attend DevoxxUK, a major Java programming conference in London.

Other student summer STEM internships referenced in my blog post include:
  • Lia Poulos '16 -- a physics and computer science major at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • Kate Bussey '15 -- a chemistry major at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Casandra Conigliaro '15 -- a mathematics major at Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
  • Shacora Rorie '16 -- a biology major at Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
  • Caitlin Kent '15 -- a biology and chemistry major at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT
  • Paige Atkins '15 -- a biology major at Brenau University Women's College, Gainesville, GA
  • Najja Ellis '15 -- a mathematics and electrical engineering major at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Rebecca Rubinstein '15 -- a biology and Spanish major at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Mary Kate Hussey '15 -- a chemistry major at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Lorita Agu '15 -- a biochemistry major at Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
  • Ning Xie '15 -- a computer science major at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • Mackenzie Beyer '15 -- a chemistry and forensic science major at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
  • Tinodaishe Antoinette Mandebvu '16 -- a biochemistry major and business administration minor at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Brittany Dunkerly '15 -- a biology major at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
To learn about these summer STEM internships, continue reading here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Project Runway: Dom Gratuated from a Women's College

Learn more about Dom's alma mater, Moore College of Art & Design located in Philadelphia, PA. Or read a Huffington Post blog post I wrote, Project Runway Season 12 Winner Dom Offers College Advice to Women Interested in Fashion Design.

You also can purchase a book about Moore College.

Book Description:

"For more than 160 years, Moore College of Art & Design, the nation’s first and only visual arts college for women, has led the way in educating women for careers in art and design. Moore began in 1848 as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women when philanthropist Sarah Peter founded the school to educate women in the design arts and provide opportunities for employment. The first students worked in the textile, wallpaper, and other factories of Philadelphia’s industrial boom. The school’s influence on early-American art and design was realized by members of the Red Rose Girls and the Philadelphia Ten. Other Moore graduates include the first women to design a United States postage stamp, to master the art of mezzotype, to serve as art director of an American advertising agency, and to design fabric for an automobile interior. This innovation and influence continues today through Moore’s bachelor of fine arts degree for women, graduate and continuing education programs, and the Galleries at Moore."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Women’s College Alumna Named Designer of the Month by College Fashionista

Meet Satya Twena ’05 from Wellesley College!

“ . . . Twena majored in psychology and women’s studies and played varsity soccer at Wellesley, and went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. She was working for an interior design company in New York City in 2010 when she took a hat-making class.

Making hats for fun—and then for a purpose, when her mother was in chemotherapy and lost her hair—became something of an obsession for Twena. She started selling hats from her apartment and a friend’s boutique, but soon discovered she couldn’t keep up with demand by hand-making each one. She found a venerable factory in Manhattan called Makins that still made hats largely by hand and could handle the volume she needed.”
. . . Continue reading here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Receiving a Full Scholarship This Gates Millennium Scholar Decides to Attend a Women’s College

Meet Makiyah McArthur, interested in becoming a Geriatric Neurosurgeon. She’s decided to attend Hollins University. Congratulations Makiyh!

Read her amazing story here or learn more about Hollins University.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Women's Colleges Encourage You to Dream . . .

Yea, the two seniors from Stephens College (Madeline Carl and Meredith Jacob) arrived in Hawaii . . . completing their 50 States in 50 Days adventure! Learn more about how their dream came true -- visit their Facebook page.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

“America the Beautiful” is Written by a Women’s College Alumna

Meet, Katharine Lee Bates, author of the iconic song and also professor and 1880 alumna of Wellesley College.

From Wikipedia: Wellesley College is a private women's liberal-arts college in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States, west of Boston.

         Happy 4th of July!!!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Seventeen Magazine Honored This Women’s College Student . . .

. . . by featuring her story on the cover of the magazine. Meet, Emily-Anne Rigal '16 from Barnard College, creator of We Stop Hate.

From Wikipedia: Barnard College is a private women's liberal arts college and a member of the Seven Sisters. Founded in 1889, it has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1900.

"Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it," says Barnard College.

Might Barnard be right for you? Learn more about Barnard by visiting their Web site. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Women’s College Alumna is Changing Major League Baseball

"Meet the Woman Who's Changing Baseball - As baseball's only female announcer, Renel Brooks-Moon scores big with San Francisco Giants fans.

Growing up in a Northern California family of baseball nuts, Renel Brooks-Moon spent many a weekend cheering at Oakland A's or San Francisco Giants games. But she didn't realize how far fandom would take her until 2000, when she was working as a morning radio show host and local sports correspondent. That's when the Giants tapped Brooks-Moon—and her booming, throaty voice—to be the ballpark's public address announcer. She's the only woman in Major League Baseball holding the coveted position (and the third ever in the sport's history to do it full-time)."

Continue reading here.

Renel Brooks-Moon graduated from Mills College. Mills College is located in Oakland, CA. To learn more about Mills College, visit the college Web site.