Women's colleges provide an empowering environment for their STEM students. Disproving all the silly myths about women in science, these young women focus on what they want: the best possible environment to pursue their career dreams.
Yes, it sounds like a cliche. Sure, there are things about my experience there I don't miss. But it gave me a full two years to discover the kind of person I want to be, in a way that staying in the U.S. wouldn't have done.
Commencement speakers are traditionally expected to tell graduates how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are headed into desperately needs it.
At a time when colleges and universities need to be doing much more to support trans youth and create change that makes our educational institutions safer for all students, Smith College is broadcasting a statement that a box on a form can trump an individual's own expression.
As I watch the new PBS series, "Makers: The Women Who Make America," which kicked off Feb. 26th, I am reminded of my encounter with one of those makers, Gloria Steinem, in the election battleground state of Ohio last fall.
Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique -- published 50 years ago this week -- catalyzed the modern feminist movement and catapulted its author into becoming an influential and controversial public figure.
It's impossible to quantify the influence my mentor had on me. Spending time together made me feel valued, important and worthy. In a school and home that lacked the means to provide resources, my mentor taught me how to ask for help and advocate for myself.
Her show-biz resume began accumulating credits not too long after she'd settled in Manhattan -- and all of it Pope recounts with great humor. She's a naturally funny woman when she's merely recounting the facts. Laughing out loud through these pages is a regular response.
Where you stand on the declining numbers of African Americans at Stuyvesant depends on your answers to two questions. First, do you think the small number of black students is a problem? Second, what should we do about it?