Friday, November 28, 2014

Oscar-Winning Filmmaker and Women’s College Alumna Awarded Grant

Meet Cynthia Wade ’89 from Smith College!

"Oscar-winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade ’89 has received a MacArthur grant to support production of her documentary "Mudflow," about the social and political impact of a toxic mudflow caused by natural gas drilling in Indonesia."

Read more here.

Congratulations Cynthia!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Below is a Thanksgiving wish from the President of Mount Mary University.

It's that time of year when we reflect on all of our blessings.

At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!


Eileen Schwalbach, Ph.D.
President, Mount Mary University

Monday, November 24, 2014

College-Bound and Looking for a Career in Sales?

Consider this unique program at St. Catherin’s University.

"Mary Jacobs, a veteran corporate sales manager and consultant, and director since 2013 of the Center for Sales Innovation at St. Catherine University, runs what she says is the only four-year degree program in business-to-business sales and health care sales in Minnesota. Although a relatively small major, Jacobs said it fills a niche for companies looking to diversify their sales ranks and also gives nursing and other students who take some of the courses an inside look at how to sell knowledgeably and ethically."

Continue reading the article, "St. Catherine program in sales fills need for diversity,"  here.

Or visit St. Catherine University Web site here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Real Students, Real Stories: Katie, 2014 Communications Major

If you're interested in Communications, let me introduce you to the 2014 Communications Major Katie Besley via the above video.

Learn about this women’s college, Columbia College on Facebook or via the college Web site! You also can learn about the college's communications studies program. Columbia College is located in Columbia, SC.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Women’s Colleges and Fantastic College Scholarships - This One is for STEM Students

Another advantage of attending a women’s college – excellent financial-aid packages!

Check out this scholarship for STEM students at this women’s college; College of Saint Mary and their $80,000 Marie Curie Scholarships (over four years) to new students majoring in biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Or learn more about the college here.

In the past I’ve blogged about the affordability of women’s colleges and also identified this scholarship, “A $10,000 Scholarship for College-Bound High School Girls -- The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship.”

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Girl Power!

We all LOVE Girl Power! Check out the new statue at this women's college, Brenau University Women’s College located in Gainesville, GA.

"Golden Tiger Sisterhood Revs-Up at 'Grrrl Power Hour' During Women's College Convocation Brenau held its first Informal Women’s College Convocation on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville. The theme of the convocation, “Grrrl Power Hour" (alluding to the university Golden Tiger mascot), ties into not only celebrating the Brenau sisterhood and igniting the sense of “girl power” in female students . . . " 

Continue reading here.

"Pictured: Debra Dobkins, dean of Brenau's women's college, brought the first informal women's college convocation out to the steps of the Simmons Visual Arts Center to talk about a new statue on Brenau's historic campus."

"The second piece outside the building by Jean Westmacott, titled 'Brenau Woman #2,' is a confidant woman walking off of campus, ready to take on the world, with her freshly gained education."

Might Brenau University Women’s College be right for you? Learn more about this women's college here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Why Attending a Women's College Was the Best Decision I' Ever Made

I love, love, love reading women’s colleges blog post from fellow HuffPost bloggers!! Check out Sofia Lyons’ blog post, “Why Attending a Women's College Was the Best Decision I' Ever Made.”

". . . No, I don't feel as though the lack of men is leaving me ill-prepared. Rather, I feel confident and ready to speak my mind, thanks to the simultaneously nurturing yet challenging environment. I never feel as though I'm in competition with my classmates, because I have the opportunity to speak in a free space, without feeling as though I'm being judged or criticized. Every class is an ongoing discussion between peers and professors alike. While this may be possible at co-ed universities, studies have shown that women are less likely to speak up when they are outnumbered by men. Women's colleges teach leadership and confidence through active participation. (And believe it or not, "women's studies" isn't the main focus of every class -- and when it is, we analyze gender roles from every side, including the male perspective!) After four years of this, you can imagine that graduates emerge empowered and ready to take their seat at the metaphorical table. In a study by Marie Claire magazine, researchers found that overall, employers were less likely to hire women because they lacked something called executive presence - basically, the kind of presence and self-assured attitude that makes you CEO material. Women's colleges produce these kinds of women, without a doubt. . . ."

Continue reading here.

Sofia ’17 is a Comparative Literature (French and Italian) major at Barnard College in NYC with an eye on becoming a style writer/women’s columnist.

Learn more about this single-sex college, Barnard College, here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Women’s College Wins Women's Soccer Conference Carolinas Championship

Winning season (14-2-1 overall record and 9-1-1 in conference) for this women’s college, Converse College as they were recently crowned Conference Carolinas Champs. 

Continue reading here.

Learn more about Converse College.

Photo Courtesy of John Byrum.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Women's College Student Video: Shake It Off, Scripps College Style

Studying too hard? Take a break and dance it out to "Shake It Off" like these Scripps College students do!!
Scripps College is a women's college located in Claremont, California. Check out their Web site here! Learn about their notable alumnae here!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A woman for all seasons

Meet Frances Perkins (1880-1965) alumna of Mount Holyoke College.

“Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was a trailblazer on several fronts. We remember her most vividly as secretary of labor under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. In that post she wielded more power for a longer period than any American woman up to that time and for years after.”

Continue reading “A woman for all seasons” here.

Learn more about Mount Holyoke College by visiting the Mount Holyoke College Web site.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Her College Story: Finding Home in the Least Likely of Places

By Gabrielle Thompson
St. Catherine University
Class: 2017
Major:Speech Communications

When I started my college search, I wasn't looking for a women's college. I just started looking for a school kind of close to home with a small-medium student population. I also was looking for a college with a more personal atmosphere and a campus that didn't feel like it was in a "big city". I used sites like and the to help me narrow down my search list. In all honesty, I just kind of stumbled upon St. Catherine University.

To say I chose St. Catherine University would be a lie -- It chose me. St. Kate's was the only college I actually toured. But from the moment we drove up to the campus and I stepped foot outside of the car, I got a feeling in my gut that St. Kate's was where I belonged. It had a friendly atmosphere and beautiful flowers and landscaping everywhere. It felt like a place that would challenge me but also offer me the feminine empowering atmosphere I wanted. After walking around more and seeing and hearing about everything the school had to offer, I knew it was the place I would be calling home.

St. Kate's gave me the feeling that I mattered. And without a male dominated population, I knew I would be able to pursue my dreams while also growing as a person. I know that St. Kate's will help me to accomplish anything I put my mind to.

My friends and family have been very supportive of my decision. But I guess we've never really look at my decision as one to attend a women's college. It's only been viewed as a decision to further my education. When I say that the school chose me, it sounds a little funny, but God has been guiding this whole process. Originally I was hesitant about attend a private, Catholic, women's college because it was so expensive. But everything has worked out. Through St. Catherine's financial aid and local scholarships I received, I will be attend for less than any other school I could have gone to. St. Kate's cares about making women's dreams possible and they are very willing to find every possible option when it comes to financial help.

                                                © 2014 - Gabrielle Thompson

Friday, November 7, 2014

Women’s College Quote: One great advantage of a women's college is that whatever there is to be done, we women do.

Madeleine L’Engle is referenced in this article, “25 Famous Women on Their College Lives.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Smith 1941
"One great advantage of a women's college is that whatever there is to be done, we women do. If there is a magazine to be started, we start it. If there is an officer to be elected, one of us will be elected. I left college and went to New York to earn my living with the assurance that all doors were of course open to me, and that's a good attitude to have. If you expect doors to be open, they're likely to be open. If you expect them to be closed, they're likely to slam in your face." —Wellesley Commencement, 1991 

Continue reading here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Careers in Politics and Women’s Colleges

Meet Kate Campanale (B.A. Business Management ’07) Sweet Briar College alumna and congratulate her for winning the November 4th elections as State Representative in Worcester, MA. 

Congratulations Kate!

Learn more about Kate’s alma mater here. Sweet Briar College is located in Sweet Briar, VA.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

Yea for women’s colleges . . . here’s yet another powerful story of the connection between women’s college and STEM career success  . . . meet Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (her married name) and Gertrude Elion trailblazers in medical research. “Yalow helped develop a technique called radioimmunoassay, a highly sensitive method for measuring hormone levels in-vitro, and Elion developed many new drugs, including the precursor to the first drug to treat AIDS, AZT. They are two of only 10 women to ever win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.”

Pretty impressive wouldn’t you say?

The women’s college they both attended was Hunter College (graduating 4 years apart). Unfortunately Hunter is no longer a women’s college.

This blog post answers the question, “How did two daughters of New York immigrants enter a male-dominated field in the 1940s and go on to win the Nobel Prize?”

Continue reading "The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever" here.

And the really good news is that women’s colleges still are fantastic colleges for young women interested in a STEM career. The connection continues, check out this story, STEM Women Thrive at Women’s Colleges.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The College Wish List of Samantha English Jones Included Women’s College . . . Here’s Why

This college-bound high school girl has women’s colleges on her college wish list and for good reason!

Below is one of her reasons. Check out the other three and also see which women’s colleges made her list by reading Samantha's blog post, Why I’m applying to women’s colleges; I’m not crazy—just motivated.

They’re really good at what they do
"Women’s colleges are definitely great at one thing: educating women. They typically have smaller class sizes, dedicated teachers and scholarly environments—all of the elements I was looking for in a campus. But I also learned that women’s colleges have a mission to shape intelligent, strong women. In an all-female classroom, there may be more opportunities for women to speak up and have a voice. That’s something that will carry over to the real world.

Continue reading here.