Whoa. If I’m reading your post correctly #9, I need to say that’s your personal view and it’s a view not shared by many. Most women who choose to attend women’s colleges do so precisely because of the attitude on display in that post. Precisely because of that mindset. I don’t know if you’re male or female, but the attitude of the post is “males are superior.” If you perhaps could re-read what you wrote you might see the bias that inherently says that women are inferior or get their value from association with men.
If I was accepted into Barnard and Columbia–I’d choose Barnard. In a heartbeat. I love that it 1) has no core and 2) is a place that is unapologetically female positive and 3) a top intellectual institution in its own right; 4) that attracts fierce women who take on the world; 5) and has a history of positive cultural change; And so much more.
The entire reason for a Barnard, a William Smith, a Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Simmons, Agnes Scott etc – is precisely the attitude on display in your post. And that attitude is historic and that attitude persists , as your post deftly indicates
The women who choose women’s colleges understand the value of those schools. Women are choosing those schools more if you notice, not less. And the value of those schools is borne out in the jobs marketplace. Women who graduate from women’s colleges tend to over-perform in their fields compared with women who graduate from co-ed schools. Women who attend women’s colleges tend also to go into fields that are historically dominated by men: STEM fields, business, politics, and they achieve more often leadership positions in those fields.
The idea that H&WS is somehow more valuable with “Hobart” as its nickname and not William Smith is false on its surface. Any statistician will explain that the first name on a ballot tends to get more votes. That’s one reason why how the ballot is printed is hotly debated each election. Anyone else will tell you that the beginning sound of names tends to lead to the nickname.
But your assertion basically is that women’s colleges are somehow given more value or more prestige by association with men’s colleges or men at all. That is simply false as per evidence of how women from those schools perform in the job market historically through the present. Women from those schools BTW value the sisterhood and network within it. There’s a reason why there’s a group of schools called The Seven Sisters–now it’s often called “Five sisters and two cousins.” Women support women and are stronger for it.
I will not comment further on this issue in order to abide by the rules of not arguing.