Women Can Do It, Too.

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Women's colleges in the United States uniquely prepare women for success by offering a strong academic curriculum, professors who challenge them to excel and a network of graduates who assist them upon graduation and throughout their professional lives. Women's college graduates are well-prepared to attain top positions in their career fields, and higher salaries than women graduates of co-educational institutions.

Notable women's college graduates include Jeane Kirkpatrick, first female US ambassador to the United Nations (Stephens College); Madeleine Albright, the first female sectary of state in the United States (Wellesley College) and Geraldine Ferraro, first female US vice-presidential candidate (Marymount Manhattan College).

These women are among the fewer than 4% of college-educated women who graduated from a women's college. Although small in number, women's college graduates are influential as indicated by the following statistics from the Women's College Coalition:

Of 'Business Week' magazine's list of the top 50 women who are 'rising stars in corporate America', 30% earned a bachelor's degree from a women's college.

Of the 1992 'Fortune 1000' companies, one third of women board members are graduates of women's colleges.

Of 'Black Enterprise Magazine's 20 most powerful African-American women in corporate America, 20% are women's college graduates.

Undergraduate Programs

Women are earning an increasingly larger share of bachelor's degrees in business. In 1995, women earned 48% of undergraduate business degrees, compared to 9% in 1971.

Undergraduate business programs at women's colleges provide opportunities for women to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the business world. High-quality programs are grounded in a liberal arts education, allowing students to adopt a broad perspective, think critically and creatively, use new technologies, interact with people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and refine their leadership skills. Courses explore topics of, by and about women.

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