Currently, the United States has sixty women’s colleges in twenty-four states. Massachusetts leads the country with eight, with Pennsylvania coming in second with seven.
According to the Women’s College Coalition, graduates of women’s colleges earn an average of $8,000 a year more than women who graduated from coeducational colleges and universities. In addition, they are twice as likely to earn a PhD degree and far more likely to pursue careers in science, math, business and other fields traditionally dominated by males.
Although they represent only 2% of the population of U.S. women with college degrees, graduates of colleges for women represent a third of the women on boards of major American corporations and 20% of the women serving in Congress.
A cross section of notable graduates of colleges for women includes Madeleine Albright (Wellesley), Hilary Clinton (Wellesley) , Katherine Hepburn (Bryn Mawr), Gloria Steinem (Smith), Pearl S. Buck (Randolph-Macon Woman’s College), Barbara Walters (Sarah Lawrence), Diane Sawyer (Wellesley), Helen Keller (Radcliffe), Margaret Meade (Barnard), Paula Zahn (Stephens), Suzanne Vega (Barnard), and Meryl Streep (Vasser).
Women’s Colleges listed by State
Mount St. Mary’s College
St. Joseph College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Mount Holyoke College
Pine Manor College
College of St. Catherine
Douglas College of Rutgers University
Georgian Court College
College of New Rochelle
Cedar Crest College
Mary Baldwin College
Sweet Briar College
Mount Mary College