Women’s colleges have many benefits that may not seem obvious at first glance. Young women, in particular, face challenges in both the collegiate world as well as the workplace that do not pertain to their male counterparts. Studies have shown that those who attend women’s colleges are more likely to be successful, have higher self-esteem, develop stronger leadership skills and are more likely to choose male dominated career fields.
Greater Success. One of the benefits for women who attend women’s colleges is greater success. These women are more likely to be successful in their chosen careers after college and to earn higher salaries than their counterparts from coed schools. Moreover, they are more likely to attend graduate school to earn doctorate degrees, according to studies report by Judson College.
Higher Self-Esteem. The Women’s College Coalition indicate that “women who attend coed schools tend to have a lower self esteem two years into college than they had when they started college.” On the other hand, women who attend an all female school tend to have higher self esteem than their coed counterparts, and sometimes even a higher self esteem than when they started school. These women also have a greater satisfaction in their college experience in all areas, not just academically.
Expanded Career Fields. Male-dominated career fields, particularly ones that necessitate strong mathematics and science skills, often feel out of reach to girls at coed colleges. However, these career fields are fully accessible to women who attend a women’s college. In fact, the Women’s College Coalition reported that “Women at women’s colleges tend to thrive studying subjects such as science and math – subject and career areas in which women are traditionally underrepresented.” This is one of the most important benefits for women and the American workforce.
Leadership Skills. Women who attend a women’s college are more likely to get “leadership experience in student government and campus media,” according to College Express. They generally take more risks and speak up in class. This helps them gain leadership skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. Because the faculty of all girls colleges tends to be majority female, these girls have greater access to strong women as role models and mentors.
Women’s colleges do a great job in educating women by providing benefits that will last the rest of women’s lives.
Womens College Coalition: What Matters in College After College
Education.Com: Is a Women’s College Right for Your Daughter?
Saint Mary’s: Benefits of a Women’s College
Judson College: Wondering Why You Should Attend a Women’s College?