My grandmother, Sue Ewing, grew up as part of a prominent family in New Orleans, Louisiana, accustomed to the slew of traditions and expectations of women in the South in the 1940s. Deeply immersed in the social life of New Orleans, she recalls the Carnival Ball — a celebration where the upper echelon of society gathered for a lavish ball — being one of the most exciting events of the year. “I thought that New Orleans was the center of the universe,” she remembers. “Although, I was curious about what else existed.”
"My mom is a Mount Holyoke alum, so growing up I never thought of women's colleges as being different from any other school. I looked at several women's colleges when applying along with other co-ed universities. It came down to this school giving me the best quality of education for the amount of money I was offered, but the close-knit community at Mount Holyoke really pulled me in. I really forged an identity here and have grown so much stronger in voicing my opinions, and I think I owe it to my school encouraging self-determination, supportiveness, and never fearing change," Jessica, class of 2018, recently told Her Campus.
The close-knit community at MHC and the world-class education are only two of the many benefits of attending a women's college. In an article for the Hartford Courant, Rhona Free, president of University of St. Joseph, highlights strong leadership and higher satisfaction from women's colleges. She cites research indicating that students who choose to attend women's colleges are exceptional, including a 2015 study by UCLA that concluded that women's colleges attract ambitious, creative, and intellectually curious students who are committed to social change.