College - Women's Colleges
In this article we're going to discuss the benefits of going to
a women's college if in fact you are a woman. Men need not
Sadly, only 2.5% of all women attend women's colleges. What may
surprise you however is that they account for 24% of the United
States Congress membership and one-third of the board membership
of fortune 500 companies. Not too shabby.
The reason we even have women's colleges is because in the mid
1800s all male colleges refused to allow women to attend and
therefore they had no place to go and no chance for a higher
education. So women opened up their own colleges. It wasn't
easy. They met with a lot of resistance. Those against these
colleges argued that they couldn't properly prepare women for
the difficult jobs that needed to be done. Also, it was believed
that because of a woman's biology, she wouldn't be able to
withstand the strain of a college education. Boy, were we a
But supporters of the women's movement, and there were plenty of
them, made it so that a women's college became a reality and
since that time the graduates of these institutions have not
only succeeded but have excelled beyond anyone's expectations.
According to independent studies the following benefits to be
gained by attending a women's college have been reported.
1. Women are given the opportunity to participate more because
the class sizes are smaller. This creates a more positive
learning experience because of the individualized attention that
the women get.
2. Women who attend these colleges have a higher level of self
esteem. It is reported that 9 out of 10 women give their
colleges high marks for developing their self confidence and
preparing them for the outside world.
3. According to surveys, women who attend a women's college get
more out of the college experience than women who go to mixed
schools and develop academically at a faster pace.
4. It is a fact that women who attend a women's college are more
likely to graduate than women who go to a mixed school. They are
also more likely to earn advanced Master and Doctorate degrees.
5. Women also earn more after graduation because they usually
choose traditionally male careers. They graduate at a higher
rate than the women who go to mixed schools and are thus more
likely to get these higher paying jobs.
Ironically, the original purpose of a women's college was simply
to train women to be better wives and mothers. But as women
became more educated the roles of these colleges changed to
preparing them for exciting and rewarding careers alongside
their male counterparts.
Currently, there are 78 women's colleges in the United States
alone and colleges for women are popping up all over the world.
It may have one time been a man's world but with the existence
of women's colleges and the opportunities that women are now
afforded because of them, women have now taken their rightful
place right alongside their male counterparts.