Comments on: Women’s Colleges are good for women students! http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:08:06 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: HBCUs tops in making African American STEM Ph.D.s : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-74983 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:58:51 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-74983 [...] = science, technology, engineering, and math.)  In some ways, this is not surprising:  given the data we have about the greater percentages of graduate degrees among women who attended women’…, it would make a lot of sense that African American students who have the opportunity to study in [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-2331 Sat, 08 Mar 2008 02:56:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-2331 Hi bittergrll–welcome! Scripps is beautiful–that’s where we had the previous Berkshire Conference in 2005. I was really taken with the campus, which must be among the most beautiful and peaceful in North America–I’m glad you were supported by at least one of your major departments!

Students sometimes sell themselves too short. We remember the really good ones, even years later, and we’re willing to help out if we can. I had a student knock on my door 10 years later, someone I had taught in my first year as a faculty member, and I remembered her, and she was really surprised and touched. (Interestingly, she’s a sales supervisor for a primary source database that I was hoping my library would finally buy–and we did make a deal!)

Good luck with grad school–I hope it doesn’t make you more of a “bittergrrl!” (Usually you have to wait for your first job to get your first taste of embitterment.)

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By: bittergrrl http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-2316 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 23:15:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-2316 Scripps College ’98 – I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and really enjoy it.

It’s a little hard for me to compare Scripps to some other women’s colleges because it was almost like attending a co-ed institution with the other Claremont colleges.

I can’t say that I was discouraged from applying to graduate programs, but I definitely feel like there was more of a push to get a job or find something “useful” than there was to go into the academy. Part of the reasoning was certainly the networking opportunities available. It could also be that I wasn’t at a point in my life where I was ready for academia, and my advisors knew it.

As a double major I can also say that my advising experiences were different between the two departments. One department was a nightmare, and the other was amazing. Guess which discipline I’m getting my PhD in…yea the one where my advisors and professors were more nurturing and accessible.

I took a break of about 8 years before going back to get my MA/PhD. When I went back for advice on applying to PhD programs, not only did my undergrad professors remember me, but both of them were helpful, encouraging and excited that they had a student who was inspired enough 8 years later to go back into the academic fray.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-2004 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 13:59:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-2004 Knitting Clio–thanks for your comments. The money factor was daunting then, but it it totally out of reach now. For the price of a Seven Sisters education–if a person completes the degree in 4 years–I could buy a pretty nice house where I live ($45,000 x 4 = $180,000, plus throw in another $20,000 for tuition and fees increases over 4 years.) So, one may need to be an heiress or at the very least have two parents with two professional incomes in order to graduate debt free. (But that may be a fantasy–most students, even those at considerably less expensive places, graduate with substantial debt.)

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-1909 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 21:02:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-1909 I got into Smith in 1981, but couldn’t go because it was too expensive. I received a fine education at the University of Vermont and went on to receive a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

I’ve been teaching a state university (not the flagship) for almost sixteen years. We have placed both women and men in Ph.D. programs. The number in both cases is small, since given the terrible job market in higher education, students tend to pursue careers where there are actually jobs.

The vast majority of students go into public school teaching, where they do a fine job and make a difference in a lot of lives. Others serve the public good in other ways, such as in libraries, historical societies, non-profit organizations.

In all cases, good mentoring is essential. While I’m sure the women’s colleges do a good job in that, they don’t have a lock on it.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-1893 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 18:56:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-1893 And everyone, please check out Maureen’s blog, with the excellent name of Patriarchive! (Patriarchive.wordpress.org)

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-1891 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 18:53:50 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-1891 Wow–you are fast! I didn’t even get to post the photo of Taylor Tower yet! (Not the best, but whatevs.) Welcome, and comment again if you’re a fan. Tell us about your mentoring experiences in college, and what your transition to grad school was like.

And, please tell me that the History department is less moribund now than it was back in Historiann’s day!

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By: Maureen http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/comment-page-1/#comment-1890 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 18:49:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/03/04/womens-colleges-are-good-for-women-students/#comment-1890 Bryn Mawr ’05 (history!) grad, archivist, librarian and fan of your blog here. Thanks for this post!

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