Why Women Should Stop Trying to Be Perfect
by Debora Spar
Sure, we have powerful jobs, well-run homes, and perfect children. But we're still not making it to the very top. There are things we can learn from the rest of the world.
Debora L. Spar is the current President of Barnard College, a liberal arts college for women affiliated with Columbia University, located in New York City. Founded in 1889, Barnard attempts to give young women both the intimate setting provided by a small liberal arts college, and the resources of a large university. Debora Spar became President of Barnard College in 2008 after a teaching career at Harvard Business School. Spar is the also the author of six books and numerous articles. She recently visited the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, where she spoke to students from ten different institutions.
By Helen Drinan
In a few short months, thousands of newly minted college graduates will leave Boston with dreams of future success. According to the U.S. Census, more than half of these students will be women; and according to the consulting firm McKinsey & Co, if we check back with these women in several years, they will not have attained the same level of success as their male counterparts.
By Nannerl O. Keohane
The very broad, capacious form of education that we call the liberal arts is rooted in a specific curriculum in classical and medieval times. But it would be wrong to assume that because it has such ancient roots, this kind of education is outdated, stale, fusty, or irrelevant. In fact, quite the contrary.
Check out the Women's College Coalition website for more information. We bet you will answer, "Why not?"
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), as of October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs must post a net price calculator on its website.
They're not academic convents. Instead, they offer an open, empowering atmosphere, leadership training and, yes, co-ed classes.
My friend, Guy, looked at me like I had told him I’d eaten nails for breakfast. “You’re looking at all girls’ colleges, are you crazy?”
For most of my life I have considered myself a bit of a feminist. What sane girl wouldn’t? It was the feminists who were responsible for women’s suffrage, Title IX and the Equal Pay Act. So when it came time for me to decide what colleges I would apply to, I decided to do what so many girls now a days are forgetting.
On paper, began Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, the numbers look good. Women earn 57% of Bachelor’s degrees, and a larger percentage of Master’s degrees.
Here’s an essay that’s sure to make an admissions officer reach for the triple grande latte to stay awake:
“I spent [choose one: a summer vacation/a weekend/three hours] volunteering with the poor in [Honduras/ Haiti/ Louisiana] and realized that [I am privileged/I enjoy helping others/people there are happy with so little].”