some rockin' women politicians


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I don't get it...

OK, why is it particularly rockin' to have graduated from a women's college? Women of HRC's generation didn't have access to the all-male elite colleges, so it wasn't like she picked Wellesley over Harvard. And even if she did, I don't get why it's better. Seriously--I'm not trying to troll.

FYI, when visited Wellesley on a college tour many many moons ago, the undergrad who led the campus tour spent most of her time telling us about how they had plenty of opportunities to socialize with men from Harvard and MIT. My reaction: if you want to meet a man from Harvard, just go to Harvard already.

mrscoulter's picture
Posted by mrscoulter on 1 August 2005 - 1:55pm
why women's colleges rock my socks

First, don't judge all women's colleges by your visit to wellesley. While it'll give you a great academic record, it tends to be rather uppity and yes, they do tend to overemphasize on the harvard thing. But that, my dear, is to try to counter the Lesbian Stigma attached to women's colleges -- they play up how easy it is to meet men, especially on tours, so that the parents/homophobic prospectives don't freak out about the fact that *gasp* there are lesbians at the school.

Second, there are innumerable advantages to attending a women's college, the most important, in my opinion, being the empowerment that women at these colleges can experience. Unlike coed schools, where most of the leadership positions are held by men, women's colleges only have women/biologically-female persons in these positions. I don't have the statistics on hand (and the Women's College Coalition site seems to be down, so I can't get to them), but it's astounding how much more opportunity women at women's colleges have to succeed.

And yes, I am tooting the women's-college horn because I am a student of one (well, was a student of one -- Wells College -- before it went coed, and now I'm a student of a real women's college -- Smith), and I've seen firsthand the amazing advantage it's given me already, after only 2 years.

I could go on and on about this, but in a nutshell: women's colleges empower women, and are extremely important in a patriarchal society such as ours, because coeducation does not mean equal education, and can't until the beliefs instilled in us via social conditioning change.

ferdette's picture
Posted by ferdette on 1 August 2005 - 4:47pm
Those congress women don't have balls...

They have ovaries - and that's a whole new level of courage. I hope they stick to it!

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"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 2 August 2005 - 3:52am