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Converts to Leading Women's College

Feb. 15, 2008 - Inside Higher Ed

Judith Shapiro, who is retiring this year after a successful run as president of Barnard College, was no stranger to women’s colleges when she was named its president in 1994.

Governor Sebelius Response to State of the Union Address

Trinity graduate and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius '70 delivered the Democratic party's response to President Bush's 2008 State of the Union Address. Her address was hailed for its bipartisan message and spirit of cooperation. The following are her remarks as prepared for delivery.

Sebelius Featured in Vogue

by Kirbee Yost
On Tuesday, it was announced the governor would deliver the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address on Jan. 28. On Wednesday, copies of the February 2008 issue of Vogue magazine — with an article featuring Sebelius, titled "Altered States" — hit bookstores.
< Gov. Sebelius is a 1970 graduate of Trinity Washington University


January 6, 2008, by JOSEPH P. FRIED

School-supported stints in the workplace have become as familiar a part of the undergraduate world as bleary-eyed cramming for finals. While on most campuses such spells are optional, more than 125 institutions require a dip into the workforce for certain majors, and at least a dozen mandate it for every full-time undergraduate.

Writing the Next Chapter in Women’s Education: The Compelling Imperatives

Although women’s lives, particularly in industrialized nations, have changed dramatically, women throughout the world face continued inequity--and colleges and universities face the continued and increasingly complex challenge of preparing women for leadership and advocacy.

Now This Is Woman's Work

By Karen Breslau, Newsweek
There are more female governors in office than ever before, and they are making their mark with a pragmatic, postpartisan approach to solving state problems.

Flourishing in Midst of Downturn

The Associated Press
This fall, Meredith College in Raleigh enrolled its largest ever freshman class. Both Meredith and Peace College have raised tens of millions of dollars, recruited many more minority students and started international partnerships.

Changing Student Demographics

Today more women are attending college than men; many older, nontraditional students are earning degrees while raising families; and financial aid, scholarships, federal loan programs, and changed policies have opened collegiate doors for students of all income levels and cultural backgrounds.

It's the Same Old Story in Jena Today

In some ways, these sorts of disputes are familiar at high schools nationwide. Students and parents in racially mixed high schools so often ask, "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?"

Who's Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation

June 2007 marked the 35th anniversary of Title IX -- the pivotal legislation credited with increasing gender equity in sports. In addition to celebrating, the Women’s Sports Foundation unveiled original research, entitled Who's Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation.

This study provides the most accurate and comprehensive examination of participation trends to date. Read more about the study or browse the Women’s Sports Foundation online database (Online Component) to view participation information for all colleges and universities.

Hogwart's Smarty Pants

Girls Of All Ages Worship Hermione
by KATHLEEN MEGAN, July 19, 2007 Hartford Courant
For girls who are the bookworm sort - and any true devotee of the often 500-page-plus Potter books probably qualifies as one - Hermione is the kind of heroine who gives flight to their imaginations, who inspires and serves as a role model.

A Good Sort of Busy

baltimore sun

After 10 years, Notre Dame's first permanent lay president is proud of its growing enrollment -- and of its decision to remain a women's college.

Why We Need Women's Colleges

MAY 21, 2007

By Joanne V. Creighton
With its own powerful traditions, norms, and values, and a sense of wholeness sui generis, a women's college helps to develop in students a sense of confidence, competence, and agency. Graduates are more able to see gender-repression when they encounter it and to distinguish between personal and systemic barriers to success.

Colleges Should Boycott Bogus Ratings Game

May 16 2007Hartford Courant
Rip it up and throw it away. That's the advice I'm giving my fellow college and university presidents this month as the "reputation survey" from U.S. News & World Report lands on our desks.

A ‘Rebellious Daughter’ to Lead Harvard

Published: Feb. 12, 2007

Recalling her coming of age as the only girl in a privileged, tradition-bound family in Virginia horse country, Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, has often spoken of her “continued confrontations” with her mother “about the requirements of what she usually called femininity.”

NCI's Global Summit an Opportunity for Students

The Newcomb Summit, Educating Women for a World in Crisis, held on campus February 8-11, 2007 gave students a great opportunity to present their service-oriented projects in a conference that brings together internationally-renowned speakers. The summit addressed ways in which higher education can better prepare women for a world where crisis is a daily reality.

Trinity Graduate Nancy Pelosi '62 Makes History

From the Trinity University website

As the 110th U.S. Congress convenes in January 2007, Trinity graduate and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi '62 will be making history as she is sworn in as Speaker of the House: she is the first woman to hold this powerful leadership position. Her name is etched in history as it was added to the roster of 51 male Speakers of the House.

Third Annual Young People For National Summit for Progressive Leaders and Activists

January 11 - 15, 2007

Nearly 200 of the nation’s outstanding young progressive leaders -- including six women's college students -- will gather in Washington, D.C., over the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, to share ideas, learn organizing skills and hear from national progressive movement leaders at the Third Annual Young People For National Summit for Progressive Leaders and Activists.

Madame Speaker: Making History & Progress

From the Trinity University President Patricia A. McGuire's January 4, 2007 Blog

Today, a Trinity Woman made history. Shortly after noon, Nancy Pelosi, Class of 1962, took the oath of office as Speaker of the House of the Congress of the United States. She is now the highest ranking elected woman in our nation's history, the first woman Speaker of the House.

A Civics Lesson

After becoming involved with Pericles three years ago, Chatham changed its core curriculum so that all students are required to complete a course called Citizenship and Civic Engagement.

Extreme Makeovers

By Julie Scelfo, Newsweek
In Virginia, three elite women's colleges reinvent themselves and find a new mission in a coed world.

Women's Colleges See an Obligation

April Simpson,
Globe Staff
November 5, 2006
from the Boston Globe

'Sisters' don't want a future in coeducation
Now student leaders at the colleges still known as the "Seven Sisters," even though their number has dwindled to five, are joining forces to discuss the future of women's schools. Last weekend, they gathered in Northampton and agreed that they had an obligation to maintain the traditions upon which their institutions were founded.

And Baby Makes Two

By Rosanna Hertz, from the October 30, 2006 edition

Single motherhood is on the rise for women in their mid-30s to early 40s.
Rosanna Hertz, a professor of women's studies and sociology at Wellesley College, is the author of "Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family." In her article for the Christian Science Monitor, she exposes the trend of single motherhood for women in their 30's and 40's.

The Compelling Case for Women's Colleges

By Janet L. Holmgren, President, Mills College, October 11, 2006 from the San Jose Mercury News
In 1990, Mills College came close to walking the same path as these colleges, and reversed the decision to go coed following major protests. Since that time, we have increased enrollment, expanded opportunities for professional graduate education linked to our undergraduate, liberal arts core, broken previous fundraising records, accelerated our academic achievements, and earned national preeminence among higher educational institutions nationwide.

Yes to Women's Colleges

By Susan Scrimshaw, October 4, 2006 from the Boston Globe
TWO WOMEN'S colleges, Regis College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College, announced recently they will become co educational. Does this matter? Haven't today's women “made it”? Are women's colleges still relevant today?