03/01/2012 11:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Women's History Month: The Power Of All-Girls Schools

To honor Women's History Month, we're taking an inventory of factors which tend to position girls -- and women -- for success. Each week, we'll honor ten groundbreaking women under a common theme. And we'll raise some edgy interactive questions to get your opinions and move the discussion forward.

To kick off the 4-part series, we'll examine girls' schools -- both secondary and colleges. It turns out that all-girls and all-womens schools are a breeding ground for leadership.

"Whether they want to be astronauts, ambassadors, or accountants, girls need to know -- not just think, but really know, deep down in their gut -- that nothing can stand in their way. Girls' schools send that message to girls every day," says the National Coalition of Girls Schools.

Web entrepreneur Eden Godsoe, founder and CEO of, relishes her all-girls years. "For me it is core to who I am today, the confidence and conviction I possess, and the network that I have built," says Godsoe.

Godsoe is in high-profile company. Below, we list ten of the most powerful women we know who attended all-female schools -- and we tee up scintillating questions which these groundbreakers have brought into the national dialog on women and success.